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Vol. 136 No. 8 



NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1939 



48 PAGES 



FILM STARS A RADIO PAIN 



'Jimmy Walker Heads Combine Of 
Phonograph Interpretive Artists 



James J. Walker, former N. Y. 
inayor.fwas elected president ol ttie 
National Association of Performing 
Artists yesterday (Tuesday). The 
move came on the eve of the for- 
mation of an alliance between the 
Interpretive artists and the music 
publishers on the proposition of col- 
lecting a special fee on phonograph 
records used in coin-operated ma- 
chines. As head of the NAPA Walker 
•will take an active part in closing 
a two-way participating agreement 
■with copyright owners and in set- 
ting up the machinery for adminis- 
tei-Sng the coin-machine plan. 

Walker's election was preceded by 
the resignation of Fred Waring as 
NAPA president. Waring, who has 
licid this post since the founding of 
the organization, assumes the chair- 
manship of the board of governors. 
Besides being Shepherd of the Lambs 
Club, Waring has 10 commercial 
broadcasts (Chesterfield) a week. 
For Walker it's the first titled con- 
nection that he has held since he 
quit as mayor in 1931, though nu- 
merous propositions have been of- 
fered him. His other show biz con- 
nections in the interim have been on 
the radio as commentator. 

A delegation from the NAPA is 
slated to meet with a group of pub- 
lishers to iron out the final details 
of the coin-machine deal at the- offi- 
ces of. the Music Publishers Protec- 
tive Association this morning (Wed- 
nesday).' Later in the day a general 
meeting of MPPA members will be 
asked to certify the proposition. 
Basic intent of the deal is for the 
Interpretive artists to make the copy- 
right owner a co-administrator of the 
former's common law property right 
in phonograph records and to share 
50-50 on all revenue collected from 
coin-machine sources. 



Ford Show Enunciates 
Raceless Music Credo 
But Guests 100^ Yank 



Detroit, Oct. 31. 
Although Ford Sunday Evening 
Hour this season inaugurated an ail- 
American guest policy, program will 
not confine its offerings to American 
music exclusively, according to W. J. 
Cameron, Ford mouthpiece on broad- 
casts. 

'VVe receive an occasional sugges- 
tion that this hour confine its offer- 
i;_>5s to American music exclusively,' 
Cameron said in his regular chat 
last week. 'We believe we have given 
'lew and old American composers a 
worthy place in our program-mak- 
mg. But there is one thing we hope 
never to lose sight of. namely, that 
the tone world is universal, that in 
the great Republic of Music no na- 
tional, racial nor language bound- 
aries exist nor can exist— witness the 
utter death of music and every art 
where nationalistic or racialistic ex- 
cluslvencss rulea* 



Red Rib 



At a performance of "Tha 
Philadelphia Story,' Shubert, 
N. Y., some weeks ago, Kath- 
arine Hepburn objected to a red 
tie worn by Dan Tobin and 
asked him not to wear it on 
stage again. Last Friday night 
(27) Van Heflin wore the same 
tie in the first act, Joseph Cot- 
ton wore it in the second act and 
Frank Fentou in the third. Miss 
Hepburn broke up each time. 

At the next day's matinee they 
surprised her again by piitting 
the lie in a box among the wed- 
ding presents she opens onstage 
in the first act. 



PAN - AMERICAN 
GOODWIU VIA 
LUNTS'TOUR 



. Washington, Oct. 31. 
In line with the Government's ef- 
forts lo build goodwill with the Pan- 
American countries, the State De- 
partment is considering the idea of 
'sponsoring' a three-months' South 
American tour next spring and sum- 
mer for Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fon- 
tanne. Figure on taking a repertory 
of four or five of the pair's recent 
productions, with a company of 
about CO actors, managers, stage- 
hands, attendants, etc. The Lunts 
are reported enthusiastic over the 
prospect. 

Understood the idea is being 
pushed by a heavily-financed cul- 
tural group interested in cementing 
Pan-American friendships. Govern- 
ment would not be asked to under- 
write any expenses for the venture, 
but merely to lend its name and 
'sponsorship' to the scheme. Lunts 
are said to insist on the latter con- 
ditions. 

Figured that such a tour couldn't 
(Continued on page 12) 



GIBSON'S CRACK MIDWAY 
PLANS FOR '40 N.Y. FAIR 



Harvey D. Gibson, new top execu- 
tive of the New York World's Fair, 
envisions a more popular fair next 
year then the one which closed last 
night (Tuesday). It is something he 
has been planning for the past few 
weeks. For one thing, Gibson will 
make the amusement area — to be re- 
christened the Great White Way— 
the prime attraction for exposition 
crowds instead of the stepchild that 
it was from the start. 

Gibson, who took charge of opcra- 
(Continucd on page 12) 



SLOl WOM PACE 
DIIILGTORS 




Accustomed to Rehearsing 
Few Lines at a Time, Many 
Takes and General Lack 
of Fast Study, Most of 
the Hollywood Stars Con- 
trast Poorly with Run-of- 
Mill Radio Actors 



NAME VALUE ALIBI 



Advertising agency radio execs are 
pretty well agreed in the observa- 
tion that film names, with but few 
exceptions,, make the least adept 
performers before a broadcast studio 
mike. Film actors are often slow 
studies, unresourceful, and mentally 
slack. Most of the screen lumi- 
naries not only have a difTicult time 
getting at the essence of a charac- 
terization or line but often kill many 
a good effect by stumbling over or 
riishing into dialog. The latter, say 
the agency directors, is equally com- 
mon with dramatic and comedy 
scripts but where it hurts most as a 
rule is in the comedy shows. 

Average program producer would 
much prefer, considering the wear 
and tear on his nervous system, to 
work with regular non-name radio 
actors or people from legit, but since 
it is the star that, in most instances, 
guarantees an audience, they must be 
(Continued on page 12) 



The Mob' Doesn't 
Fancy Expose On 
Horserace Fixing 



Chicago, Oct. 31. 
Sponsors of dramatic shows which 
deal in gangster or expose themes 
are beginning to hear from the mob, 
and in not a very nice way. The 
'boys' make threats, but these threats 
have nothing to do with tossing pine- 
apples or taking people for a ride. 
The pressure method is much more 
subtle. The advertiser is told that 
if he doesn't lay oIT, the element af- 
fected by the expose will start a 
whispering campaign against his 
product. 

The outstanding case in this re- 
gard occurred recently when a pro- 
gram announced that iU theme for 
the next few weeks will deal with 
the fixing of horse races and other 
devious practices around the track 
that have received newsprint atten- 
tion. The- following d.ay the agency 
on the account got a phone call from 
a person who described himself as 
having important interests in mak- 
ing handbooks. He declared that his 
(Continued on page 12) 



G. B Shaw's Revised 'Geneva' Sees Italy 
Nixing Axis; Soviet Stepping in on Nazis 



Clouded Stars 



British Journal of Astrology 
has suspended publication. 

Publishers' reason for the 
mag's suspension: 'Uncertainty 
of the immediate future.' 



JITTER ANTICS 
IN AISLES OUT 
FROM NOW ON 



Plan to curb effervescent Jitter- 
bugs who disturb both patrons and 
actors with their antics and heckling 
goes into effect tomorrow (Thurs- 
day) in the Brandt theatres in New 
York., Unit of special house police 
will be on duty at the Flatbush, 
Brooklyn, Windsor, Bronx and Carl- 
ton, Jamaica, now playing vaude and 
films. 

Cops will patrol th« aisles to 
squelch troublemakers and .William 
Brandt states that, if there is no 
other way of suppressing 'em, exam- 
ples will be made of the more bois- 
terous. They'll be prosecuted on dis- 
orderly conduct charges. Theatres 
will also begin the use of screen 
trailers asking patrons to 'use no 
audible comments and please refrain 
from heckling.' 

Brandt added that the plan had 
been thought of for some time and 
came to a head with the disorderli- 
ness at the Flatbush last week, when 
kids sitting through two and three 
shows heckled Jack Haley. 

Brandt censures the N. Y. Par- 
amount for what he terms, 'inviting 
and encouraging youngsters to cut 
up on the thought that it was good 
publicity.' He specifically points 
toward Benny Goodman's first date 
iat the Par when jitterbugs ran wild. 
Evidence of the Par influence re- 
peatedly crops up in his houses, 
Brandt claims. When a.sked lo be 
quiet, kids snap back with 'well the 
Paramount allows us to do it.' 



By ROBERT A. McSTAT 

Toronto, Oct. 31. 

World premiere of George Bernard 
Shaw's revised. 'Geneva' at the Royal 
Alexandra here last night (Monday) 
presents the Irish dramatist at his 
harpooning best and in light of cur- 
rent events, it's as topical as the 
daily headlines. This is the play 
Shaw promised to keep up-to-date 
for the duration of the war by 
cabling further revisions as soon as 
events warrant. The Theatre Guild 
holds U. S. rights, and is expected 
to have reps here tomorrow (Wed- 
nesday) to look il over. 'Geneva' 
is included in the .(repertoire of the 
British Colbourne-Jones troupe tour- 
ing Canada for propaganda purposes. 

Present writing brings this three- 
act commentary on the European 
scene up to the invasion of Poland 
and the Soviet intervention. 

Pro-British in the adroit diplo- 
matic maneuvering of the British 
Foreign Secretary, finale sees the 
dictators bitterly contesting each 
other's rights, with Italy damning 
the axis and Russia prepared to move 
in once Germany has borne the 
brunt of the' struggle. 

Drama has a swiftly-paced back* 
ground to • the present war, en- 
hanced by the well-etched character- 
izations of Europe's four dictators. 
Prolog of events is marked by hard 
and brittle dialog, shot through with 
neat Shavian barbs and epigrams. 

Only contrast to bombastic ravings 
of the dictators is the sly asides of 
the British Foreign Secretary and 
sonorous findings of the Judge of the 
League of Nation court before whiqh 
the dictators are summoned on indi- 
vidual criminal charges of un- 
righteous rule. These charges are 
lodged by a Jew, the widow of an 
assassinated South American presi- 
dent, a member of a minority group 
and a Church of England bishop, an 
avowed foe of Communism. 

Final promise is that, with mem- 
(Continued on page 32) 



Son of Morgan Partner 
Batons a Dance Band 
And Advertises Himself 



DEAL ON TO STAGE 
ZANE GREY WESTERNS 



Pasadena, Oct. 31. 

Plans to dramatize Zane Grey's 
novels for the stage are being held ! 
up pending disposition of his estate. ■ 
Negotiation!!, interrupted by the ' 
novelist's death last week, are being 
carried on with his widow by Charles 
King, local playwright, and Robert 
Fraync Chapin, screen writer. 

Grey's books have, never been .teen 
on the stage. First to be dramatized, 
if the deal goes through, will be 
'Heritage of the Desert.' 



Philadelphia, Oct. 31, 
Edward Hopkinson, , 3d, whose 
father is a partner of J. P. Morgan 
fi Co. and its PhiUy subsidiary, 
Drcxel & Co., has built a band to 
play at functions of the younger so- 
cial set here, Young Hopkinson, who 
i.s 18, is a student at Pcnn Charter 
School, swanky prep institution here. 

Officials of the Mu.sicians Union 
are investigating the status of the 
new band to see whether its play- 
ing at public functions constituted 
'scabbing.' If all the rncmbers of 
the band are students, the union will 
probably take no action. 

Hopkinson took space In the 
dailies last week billing himself as 
'The Popular Pcnn Charter Student, 
Eddie Hopkinson.' 



J VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednrsilay, November 1, 1939 



Removal of War Arms Embargo 
And Added Strength in Service 
Manpower Will Boom the Amus. B O. 



^ -f- 

( 

Removal of war arms embargo and 
ifrcent order by President Roosevelt 
1<> increase the enlisted strength of 
the U. S. Army and Navy to full 
peace-time numbers are regarded in 
the film trade as factors that are 
certain to be reflected in an upsurge 
of boxoffice receipts in numerous 
cities and towns where war indus- 
tries and military posts are situated. 

Principal seaboard cities which i tour, 
will figure in 'cash anr' carry! pros- 
perity are ports in the p- ximity of 
manufacturing and industrial centers 
where activity is anticipated as soon 
ss the neutrality act is passed at the 
special session of Congress. Ship- 
ping spots most likely to be affected 
a.e New York, Boston, Philadelphia, 
Baltimore, Savannah, Jacksonville, 
New Orleans, Galveston, San Fran- 
cisco and Seattle. 

Predicating their preparations for 
healthy increase of business in mu- 
nition manufacturing cities, film the- 
ii1r3 operators hark oack to the in- 
flux of workers aiid families during 
the World War years of 1914-18. At 
•that time Bridgeport, Bath, Me.; 
Wilmington, Fall River and other 
spots were live amusement towns, 
in some of which theatres cashed 
heavily in both daylight and night 
bu.siness, with factories and assem- 
bly plants operating on 24-hour 
schedules. Sarne cities are believed in 
film circles to be due for comparable 
prosperity when the embargo provi- 
sion is lifted and foreign war orders 
begin pouring in. 

There are currently more than 100 
Army posts and stations within the 
territorial United States, including 
supply depots, isolated, coast defense 
units and training and testing spots. 
Recent order by President Roose- 
velt to take into the army 60.000 
additional recruits to bring the 
peace-time strength to full authori- 
zation will lift the numbers oi regu- 
lars at the larger posts to nearly 
twice the present enrollment. Film 
theatres in nearby towns will bene- 
fit greatly, it is believed, by the new 
customers. 

Largest of the army posts are: 

Fori Sam Hounton. .^nn Antonio. 

Kort Df^nnlnK. Georgln. 

Knrt .1111, Oklnhomo. 

fort BraKp. North Cnrollna. 

Fort liarcancna. Fensacola. Flft. 

Fort Dllss. El Pa.<lo. Trxilt. 

Kelly Field, .San Antonio, ' 

Fort Knox. Kentuclty. 

F.)rt Harrison, Indiana. - 

Fort llllcy. Knnaaa. 

Fort W.Trrcn, Wyoming. 

Fori DouElas, lUnh. 

Fort .Snelllnir. Minneapolis, Minn. 

Hnndolpti Field, Snn .Antonio, T«a«. 

Fort Leavenworth, KnnKnn. 

Jf^fferpon Barracks. Missouri. 

Ff.rt Den Molne.9, lowD. 

Wiirrh Field. CalKornla. 

■Uest rolnt. Weal Point, N. T. 

Fort DuPont. Delaware. 

Pnrkfidalo Field, Shrex'eport, 

Fort Moultrie. South Carolina 

T.iiiir;ley Flel<1. Vlrclnla. 

Fort Monroe, Virginia. 

Mltthcl Field, T-ong Island. N. T. 

Principal shore stations of. the 
U. S. Navy are: 

Murine Barracks. Qunntlco, V«. 
Naval Training Station. Newport, Tt. T. 



Lupe's 3d for RKO 



Hollywood, Oct. 31. 
Lupe Vclez is slated for a third 
picture at RKO a.* a sequel to 'The 
Girl From Mexico' and "Mexican 
Spitfire.' 

Picture rolls as soon as actress 
returns from her 10-week vaude 



U. May Be Able 
To Pay Off Part 
Of Pfd. Arrears 



Great Lake, 
Fla 



Knval Training Station, Hampton ftoadH. 

Norfolk. Va. 

Boods, Norfolk, Va. 
Naval Training Station 

III. 

N.-ival Air Rl.ltlon, Pensafola 
Naval Training Station, San Diego, 
(-nlir. 

Navy Yard. Portsmouth. N. H. 
Navy Yard. Boston, Mass. 
.Submarine BnPe, New London. Conn. 
Iterelvlng Ship (U..S.S. Seattle), Navy 

Yard, N. V. ■ 
Navy Inrd. Charleston. S. C. 
Marine Barracks. Cavlte. P.' I. 
Naval Rospltnl, Canaoao, P. I. 
Naval Hospital, Dronklyn, N. T. 
Navnl Xoapltnl, League Island, I'a. 
Naval Proving Grounds. Dahlgren, 
Naval .Air Station. Hampton Rnndtf, 
Knval HoRplial. Great Ij>kea. III. 
Naval Air .Station. Lnkehurst. N. 
Navy Yard, Mare Island, Calif. 



' Univers.il is expectect to show 
' such marked improvement in earn- 
ings for the fiscal year ending Oct. 
26 last that the company is reported 
working on a plan whereby dividend 
arrears on the listed preferred 
would be paid oft. Company owes in 
excess of $50 on this preference 
issue, which is listed on the N. Y. 
Stock Exchange. Plan for clearing. 
. up part of the arrearages presumably 
; would call for cash payment because 
, the company management is known 
to be opposed to any new recapitali- 
zation plan. It recap proposition 
were voted it would probably mean 
issuance of additional common 
shares, and U is purportedly opposed 
to this. 

Because there are only around 
. 18,000 shares of (his preferred out- 
, standing. Universal would be able to 
i pay off $30 of dividend arrears with- 
i out laying out more than $540,000. 
j This amount is about half of the net 
j profits anticipated for the past fiscal 
year. 

I Although It Is not known definitely 
thus far, sorne plan for calling in this 
preferred, paying up past due divi- 
dends, and supplanting it with an- 
other preferred issue might be 
worked out. Whole idea would be to 
reduce the annual dividend require- 
ments on this preferred, thereby af- 
fecting a healthy future operating 
economy. 

Universal shows a net profit, after 
all charges excepting federal taxes, 
of $989,000 for the first three quarters 
ending last July 29. Before the Eu- 
ropean war broke out last August, 
the management expected to show 
$1,250,000 for the fiscal year ending 
last Oct. 28. Just ' how much this 
dislocation will cut into the final 
quarter is not known thus far ber 
cause the annual report will not be 
i.ssued until late in December or 
early January. 

Because U ends its fiscal year in 
October, the final quarter must take 
into account amortization costs of 
new season product released in Sep- 
tember and October. All foreign. 
btisine.<>s also must be figured in for 
the.-je last three months. Wall Street 
is looking for a net in excess of 
$1,100,000. 



Vn. 



L. A. to N. Y. 



Mur)«) Bubcork 
Irinn Baranovu 
>x<lolp)i IJohm 
Unwinnn 
I' I ey flrown 
T.a\v(on c;*am)>hell 
.1. <;hpev»»r (Jowdln 
I'at (le ('Icon 
KrorttTlck Crftwfftrd 
.lonn Davis 

- A Ihh J>lnclinrt 
K"l ward l>iiiyii*yk 
Nut I>yches 
Mnrsnrci Ettlngrer 
Kji n^hon 
Vro(Mle FauHt 
Mnni-n^ firechtlial 
A I .tolsnn 



Allyn .loslyn 
Melchlor T>«nKy(-l 
Tom T>ewia 
Al Llchtmnn 
Harry Malv.llfh 
T*ee Marcu» 
S. narroi McCor- 

mick . 
Jimmy McHugh. 
1-M(11e Mornn 
Ileverly Robrri.w . 
James RoAScvcii 
I/OU SchreUjer 
Jark SklrbnII 
Paul Slnane 
Robert Stev(>n?< 
I. ana Turner 
Arlecn Whclnn 
Marco WoM 



ARRIVALS 



I At the Port of Neto York) 
Luise Rainer, Margaret Moffat. Mr. 
and Mrs. Ernest Schelling, Zino 
Francescatti. 



SAILING 

Nov 11 (New York to Genoa) Isa 
Miranda (Rex). 



Warners-Fox-W.C. 
Product Deal All Set; 
Late Picture Selling 



Agreed upon in principle to cover 
all theatres where not in conflict 
with independents that were previ- 
ously sold, the Warner-National 
Theatres (Fox- West Coast) product 
deal is nearing completion. Carl 
Leserman, assistant general sales 
manager of WB, is on the Coast 
supervising the final details. 

Reaching an impasse in negotia- 
tions earlier in the season, thie War- 
ners and National got together sub- 
sequently after WB had sold op- 
position accounts in around SO sit- 
uations. 

Ben Kalmen.son, western sales 
manager, who personally handles 
sellinjg away in the west, returned 
to New York Monday (30) frorn 
conferences with local sales forces 
in Pittsburgh, Chicago and Minne- 
apolis. 



3 Weeks' Falaverinf; 

Los Angeles, Oct. 31. 
Warners' product buy for 1939-40 
by Fox We.'t Coast Theatres is ex- 
pected lo be wound up early this 
week, following thre-^ weeks of con- 
ferences here between WB sales 
chief.-- and circuit operating heads. 
Deal covering F-WC houses in 
Northern California was worked out 
several weeks ago, but huddles have 
been necessary to work out details 
of contracts with Souther California 
houses. 

Carl Leserman, assistant to Grad 
Sears in New York; W. E. Callaway, 
western district sales chief, and N. 
H. (Jack) Brower, manager of Los 
Angeles exchange, have been sitting 
in for WB, with Charles P. Skouras, 
prexy, and Larry Kent doing most of 
work, for F-WC. 



Mono's Deals 

Monogram has closed up several 
last-minute deals, including with 
Fox-West Coast, Blalt Bros, in west- 
ern Pennsylvania; Fox Intermoun- 
tain in the Salt Lake territory; J. 
D. Peck's Community circuit in 
Iowa; Danville Enterprises, Wa.sh- 
ington; and C. H. Davison in Utah. 

A franchise for three, years has 
been negotiated by Columbia with 
the Skourases for the entire Nation- 
al Theatres chain, numbering close 
to SOO theatres. Abe Montague, gen- 
eral sales manager of Col, closed it 
in the east.. 

Final agreement on the three-year 
termer completes circuit negotiations 
for Columbia on the 1939-40 product, 
only the usual straggling smaller 
accounts remaining. 



ALL WANNA GET IN 



4 A's Gel Applications from Rasslcrs, 
Yodelinr Waiters, Etc. 



As.sociated Actors & Artistes of 
America, which includes among its 
diverse membership such perform- 
ers as opera singers, acrobats, toe 
dancers, circus clowns and sideshow 
freaks, has received charter appli- 
cations lately from even further re- 
moved groups. 

Organization's international board 
last week refused to charter a group 
of more than 100 boxers, but hasn't 
yet acted on other bids from spokes- 
men for wrestlers, ballroom dance 
teachers and singing waiters. Sev- 
eral years ago a charter request 
from the six-day bicycle racers was 
also nixed. 



Holman Leaves Col. 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. 
Williani S. Holman settled his con- 
tract as Columbia studio manager 
and checked off the lot after eight 
years. ■ 

H. A. McDonnell, studio comptrol- 
ler for several years, takes over the 
Holman post. 



N. Y. to L. A. 



Hftrry A.-I-ennan 

l.ynh Uuri 

Jiiy OhvIiI .niHUfuJi 

lliiiTy 4'ohn 

lliirry <'olhi 

*l>il folIlnB 

Ml. Hn<( Mm. Rl- 

rnrrlo CortPZ 
• RoKlna Crewe- 

AVHlier Kahft 
Vf. v. ]Maloncy 



Jaok Miller 
R. M. Savlnl 
David O. Sel-/.iil;'l% 
Kato Smith 
Ted fitracier 
Three StooRca 
Sylvan TaplfuK^T 
Jane Tompkin}' 
T,iUclle Wnliuin 
Mrfl. Sol WurlJi*-. 



Other Ne ws of Inter est to Films 

Jitters snags U. S. production in England Page 12 

London eases legit curfew ,.. Page 12 

. War reissues duds in Australia page 12 

'March of Time' ducks war radio. Page 19 

Mrs. George Kaufman's radio script for Zasu Pitts Page 19 

Benchley's guest dates Page 20 

Radio reviews:. George Jessel, 'Good News,' Walter Huston, 

Kate Smith .Page 30 

ASCAP seeks goodwill Page 31 

-New acts: Dick Powell page 40 

'One big iinion' snags '..Page 41 

Paul Muni's 'Key Largo' ; Page 44 



Producers Foresee Dire Results 
At H wood Studios Unless lATSE 
Rescinds Its 10% Wage Increase 



Come Fly With Us 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. 

Photographic division of U. S. 
Army is readying production of a 
series of twp-reel pictures to propa- 
gandize army aviation and show the 
advantages of a career in . the serv- 
ice. Films will be produced at the 
rate of one a month. 

Plans for the new series were dis- 
'clbfied by inquiries to the studios 
asking about costs and other de- 
tails. 



Copyrighted Pix 
Exempted From 
tash-and-Carry' 



By the inclusion of a last minute 
amendment of the important 'cash 
and carry' provision in the Neutral- 
ity Bill of 1939, which passed the 
U. S. Senate on Friday (27), after 
nearly a month of debate, film com- 
pany executives and lawyers 
breathed easier in the belief that ex- 
portation of film to warring Eu- 
ropean countries will not be ham- 
pered by the measure. Resolution 
now goes to the Hoii.se, and early 
passage, with the flim exclusion 
clause a part of the act, is antici- 
pated. 

Throughout the several weeks of 
debate in the senate, efforts to ahiend 
the act in order to protect copyri.ght 
ownership of films shipped to the 
war zone had met with repeated re- 
buffs. In the closing hours of the 
di.scussion, however. Senator Hiram 
Johnson (Cal.) . slipped in the desired 
exemptions, and the amendment was 
accepted without discussion. The 
California senator stated that the 
purpose of his proposal was to pro- 
tect the film industry, which ships 
films abroad^ under license (lease) 
agreements, and not by outright sale. 

Paragraph (c) under Section 2 of 
the act, as Introduced, declared it 
unlawful for any American manu- 
facturer to export any articles or 
materials 'until all right, title, and 
interest therein shall have been 
transferred to some foreign govern- 
ment, agency. Institution, association, 
partnership, corporatio/i or national.' 

Film lobbyists for days had been 
attempting to obtain a modification 
and exemption for films. As the 
hour for final vote approached, it 
was believed that the bill would go 
through as. submitted. At the mo- 
ment of greatest suspense, in true 
theatrical tradition. Senator Johnson 
asked to include the words, 'except 
copyright articles or materials.' 

It was explained that films seldom 
are sold outright to foreign distribu- 
tors but are leased, with the title of 
ownership retained by the American 
producer. 

Motion Picture Producers & Dis- 
tributors' director meetings hpve be- 
come weekly affairs since the Euro- 
pean war produced a crisis in for- 
eign business. Last week, there was 
the usual session on Wednesday 
and then another adjourned meet- 
ing on Friday (27). No official ac- 
tion was reported as having been 
taken at either confab. Latest de- 
velopments in European field and 
the neutrality bill were chief topics 
of di.«cussion. 



Henry King's 7 Aides 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. 
Seven assistant directors are work- 
ing on 'Little Old New York' at 20th- 
Fox. 

Most of them were a^i.signed by 
director Henry King to handle 750 
extras. 



PASCAL'S PLAY 

Ernest Pascal, Hollywood .scriptcr, 
at present vacationing in New York, 
will remain cast three or four more 
weeks. 

He has no definite iscreen writing 
plans upon his return to the Coast, 
but is putting the final touches on 
an untitled legit play. 



Hollywood, Oct. 31. 

Plea by the producers for the 
lATSE to 'voluntarily relinquish' the 
10% w.ige increase granted the 
crafts Sept. 25 was couched by E. J. 
Manhix, chairman of the Labor Ne- 
gotiating Committee, in a letter lo 
William Bioft, chairman of joint ne- 
gotiations committee for the I.A. Ap- 
peal was made to a 'sense of fair- 
ness and decency and your intere.'^t 
in preserving jobs in a going indus- 
try for the men you represent.' 

Bioff will discuss the latest pro- 
ducer move with lA tops and the 
belief is prevalent that the request 
for the 10% kickback will meet 
favorable reaction with the union as 
it would provide more jobs for un- 
employed if the old scale were re- 
stored. 

Following is Mannix's letter to 
Bioff: 

'On Sept. 25 companies producing 
motion pictures granted to the craft.t, 
represented in lATSE, a 10% in- 
crea.se in basic wage rates. Ah in- 
crea.se even greater than finally 
granted was demanded by you. De- 
spite fact war had just begun, creat- 
ing conditions which were bound to 
vitally injure this already harassed 
industry. 

'At nieetings which preceded 
granting this increase we attempted 
to show you the inevitable and tre- 
mendous effect the closing or part- 
time closing of theatres in warring 
countries; depreciation in value of 
English money; embargo on export 
of money by many countries; and 
many detrimental changes to our 
business taking place not only in the 
war zone, but throughout world. We 
asked you then for postponement of 
our negotiations until conditions 
clarified so we could prove validity 
of the seriousness of our problem. 
We pointed out lo you all studios 
were engaged in a desperate effort to 
cut production costs; that many em- 
ployees were being asked to lake 
temporary culs in salary to main- 
tain their studios in operation; and 
that granting this increase ifi your 
group would not alone halt this at- 
tempt at economy, but would be the 
signal for demantjs from every group 
who felt that they were just as de- 
serving of more pay as your group. 
Artaments 

'We pointed out to you that the 
crafts you represent were enjoying 
wage scales which, in practically 
every instance, were not alone high- 
er than that enjoyed by workmen 
outside motion picture industry. In 
like crafts in Los Angeles, but were 
higher than in any part of the United 
States. We called lo your attention 
the fact that in normal times we 
have been more than fair in granting 
wage increases to our employees. 
(Since 1936 and prior to the present 
increases to our employees we have 
given two increases of 10% or more 
each to the crafts you represent). 

'Without regard to fate of this 
business, without regard to ultimate 
effect on jobs of very people you 
represent, you callously and with 
argument of threatened force, in- 
sisted on an increase. You threat- 
ened everything from picketing the 
homes of our executives to closing 
our studios and motion picture the- 
atres of America. 

'Forced to choose between these 
threats and granting of your de- 
mands, denied decent time for de- 
velopment and presentation of fact 
and arguments to you, we yielded 
and granted your demands. We were 
not prouol of that action then, and 
subsequent events have given us 
even- greater reason to regret it. 
Even in the short time that has now 
elapsed, we realize more fully the 
disaster which your ill-consideretl 
action must cause this industry. 

'The foreign situation is even more 
threatening and difficult than at the 
time of our negotiations, and will 
inevitably cut millions of dollars 
from monies available for making 
motion pictures. The granting of 
your demands has . loosed a flood of 
demands from other employe group.' 
for wage Increases and changes in 
working conditions which collective- 
ly are impossible to grant, and mu.sl 
mean absolute ruin. 

'In practically every instance thr 
group making demands admits ei<> 
nomic difficulties in which Ihis in 
du.stry finds itself, and which thei 
demands will increa.se, but jti.-^tif 
them* by argument that even thouf 
(Continued on page ^9) 



Wednesdaj, November 1, 1939 



PICTURES 



VARIETY 



CINEMA an FOR NEW YORK 



GN Lays Off S0% of Home-Office 
Staff for 2 Weeks Pending New 
Financing; Bankruptcy Vacated 



Approximately half of the 40 em- 
ployes in Grand National's home of- 
flce, principally executives, were 
given a two week's furlough, starting 
Monday (30), to conserve the com- 
paoy's depleted resources. Some 
branch managers and district men 
■were also instructed to take the fort- 
night's layoff without pay. 

Most of the employes got first wind 
of their temporary plank-walking 
•with the receipt of letters at their 
homes Monday morning. In several 
cases the postman arrived ,too late, 
and I hey showed up at work only to 
be sent home. 

Earle W. Mammons, GN prez, de- 
clared the employes would all be 
taken back when the current re- 
financing is completed. He estimated 
tl\at two weeks would be the maxi- 
mum time required, citing the fact 
that the company had convinced both 
a Federal judge and a creditors' 
committee that a promised $1,G00,000 
was at hand. 

Creditors' confab at the Hotel As- 
tor, following bankruptcy hearing 
last Friday, was called by Arthur 
Selig, attorney for the three creditors 
who brought the bankruptcy pro- 
ceedings. About 25 creditors attend- 
ed, although there are said to be 
more than 100. 

Saul E. Rogers, attorney for GN, 
addressed the meeting, convincing 
those there that their best chance of 
collecting 'is to refrain from such 
tactics as silly bankruptcy proceed- 
ings.' New financing, he said, would 
easily take care of them. Willing to 
wait and see, creditors adjourned 
without taking action or setting an- 
other meeting date. 

Court Pans GN 

After launching a scathing de- 
nunciation of the attitude of offi- 
cials of Grand National Pictures, 
Inc., Federal Judge Samuel Mandel- 
baum Friday (27) dismissed the in- 
voluntary petition of bankruptcy 
which was filed Monday (23) against 
the company, and released the tem- 
porary receiver, Simon H. Rifkind, 
from his duties. The judge declared 
that, after the involuntary petition 
was filed, and the request for a re- 
ceiver made, he had waited three 
full days before taking any action, 
expecting opposition from the com- 
pany. None was forthcoming, so he 
reluctantly signed the petition. It 
has been alleged that the debts of 
the company are in excess of $500,- 
000 and tangible assets only about 
$40,000. 

Rogers revealed to the court that 
the RFC, a day after the involun- 
tary petitions had started, agreed to 
advance $450,000 to the company. 
Details of New Coin 

Hammons elaborated on this, ex- 
plaining that a further loan of $150,- 
000 would be forthcoming for oper- 
ating expenses and $1,00Q,000 from 
Felt & Co., Wall street bankers, for 
production. The $150,000 will come 
(Continued on page 32) 



BAD EAR INTERRUPTS 
LEVY'S COAST HUDDLES 



Jules Levy, who planned proceed- 
ing on to the Coast from Chicago, to 
huddle on several propositions, could 
not go on due to ear trouble, and is 
now in Rochester, Minn., at the Mayo 
B'os. clinic. He has l.ad consider- 
able trouble recently with a bad ear, 
and before leaving RKO, of which 
he was general sales mgr.. Levy had 
planned getting the treatments, but 
'he press of sales matters prevented. 

Levy's new setup may be a pro- 
ducing unit for release through Uni- 
versal 



Rulh Mack Leaves 



Ruth 



Hollywood, Oct. 31. 
Mack ended an eight-year 



, ait cf^iiv-J«^a> 

lenure as Call Bureau head for the 
Producers Ass'n. 

She takes a three monhU' vaca- 
tion in South America. 



Laurel-Hardy's Own Co. 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. 

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy or- 
ganized a new producing company 
known as Laurel and Hardy Feature 
Productions, with Ben Shipman, 
Laurel's personal attorney, as the 
third member. 

OutHt plans to make Comedies. 



Goidwyn Bums 
Anew at Loew s 
Unit Joining UA 



Sam Goidwyn, already plenty 
burned at United Artists, had - an- 
other touchy spot rubbed again a 
couple weeks^go when Albert Lewin 
joined David Loew in a new UA pro- 
duction unit. Loew made a deal to 
come into the UA producer setup 
some months ago, to which Goidwyn 
put up a terrific squawk. He had no 
special grievance against Loew, but 
merely in principal opposes increas- 
ing the number of UA producers. 

No signs of activity were shown 
by Loew, however, and Goidwyn 
calmed down. With the addition of 
Lewin now, and the formation of a 
new company, Goidwyn is again 
ablaze, it is said. 

Loew and Lewin have announced 
no plans as yet, but they are seeking 
properties and buildi g up studio 
and executive staffs in preparation 
for production that may bring them 
into real competition with the other 
picture-makers in the co-op dis- 
tributing company. 

Goidwyn, who is awaiting a deci- 
sion in Federal court in New York 
on a suit to break his pact with UA, 
still hasn't collected approximately 
$35,000 due him as his share of the 
last calendar year's proi. ucers' bonus 
under the so-called 'Silverstone 
Plan.' It has been voted to him, but 
he refuses to accept it, allegedly be- 
cause .strings have been attachea 
which he considers another reason 
for breaching his termer. 



M-G Propagandizes 
Exhibitors in Drive 
To m the Picture' 



Carefully planning a campaign to 
steam exhibitors into getting the 
maximum out of product that has 
been bought, Metro this week be- 
gins to bombard a total of 12,000 ac- 
counts on its books with an of- 
fensive designed to get more nbut of 
pictures in the domestic market than 
has been the case up to now. 

Object of the appeal being to milk 
the Metro features that will be de- 
livered this season (1939-40) to the 
utmost, Metro will continue , the 
campaign for an indefinite period 
and concentrate parf'ularly on the 
bigger attractions as they come 
along. The 12,000 theatres on the 
mailing, list for the drive makes up 
the total that has bought Metro for 
1939-40 and, in some cases, also 1940- 
41 and 1941-42.- 



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Mayor Got New York An 
Airport, and Amusement 
Labor Unions Think He's 
-Just As Serious About Re- 
viving Production East 



NEW EMPLOYMENT 



$220,000 More Needed 
For Laemmle Taxes, Etc. 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. 

Executors of the Carl Laemmle es- 
tate will sell $220,000 in bonds to 
meet expenses and payment of in- 
heritance and estate taxes. 

Previously 900 shares of stock were 
put up for sale in the open market. 



With a powerful union olTensive 
being planned to return production 
to the east, in whole or part, and 
the building of a so-called Cinema 
City, as one reported recommenda- 
tion. New York labor crafts in the 
filtn field are meeting today (Wed.) 
with Mayor F. H. LaGuardia to dis- 
cuss ways and means of pushing the 
objective. The Mayor, recently ad- 
dressing a session of the Society of 
Motion Picture Engineers in New 
York, decried the fact that there 
wasn't more film-making on the 
eastern coast, and indicated he was 
going to try to do something about it. 

In union circles it is said that if 
Mayor LaGuardia was serious about 
giving New York an airport, as he 
finally did, he is doubly determined 
to get back some of the picture pro- 
duction that has moved west during 
the past 20 years or so. He is quoted 
as having assured film labor execu- 
tives concerning this. The session 
being held today (Wed.) at the sum- 
mer city hall will be concerned with 
discussion of most suitable steps to 
be taken in at least getting a portion 
of the Hollywood's production moved 
east. 

Unions involved, numbering a half 
dozen, are planning to make various 
recommenidations to the Mayor and 
to acquaint him with what's what 
concerning the situation, so that defi- 
nite plans may be undertaken. In 
one quarter it was pointed out that, 
with around $250,000,000 spent on the 
Coast during a season, if only 10% 
of production were moved east, this 
would involve $25,000,000 and pro- 
vide much additional employment for 
the east. 

In addition to the film unions, the 
entire N. Y. State Federation of La- 
bor is behind the movement, in which 
Mayor LaGuardia figures. Bernard 
Tasler, public relations representa- 
tive for the Federation, has been 
brought in by the unions to serve in 
a similar' capacity on the camnaign 
now getting under way, with his of- 
fice to be the clearing house on de- 
velopments as they arise. Another 
strong force behind the push for 
more production east is Tom Murtha, 
of Local No. 4, Brooklyn, stagehands, 
who is first vice-president of the 
Central Trades & Labor Council. 
Near the Fairgrounds 

There is a possibility, from ac- 
counts, that the upshot of the mayor's 
interest in weaning production away 
from Hollywood, that a Cinema City 
mi.qht be built near the World's 
Fair grounds for concentration of 
film-making by more that one com- 
pany, provided necessary arrange- 
ments could be made. 

In just what way producers are 
going to be approached to urge giv- 
ing N. Y. a break on film-making is 
not known pending today's meeting 
with the mayor. Comment in one 
quarter was that if the so-called ham- 
and-egg plan in California goes 
throush, with resultant taxation to 
cover the old-age pensions, that 
might act as an infiuencer for pro- 
ducers deserting Californian soil. 

Unions involved in the east include 
Local 52, Studio Mechanics, who.se 
Sol Scappa is importantly a prime- 
mover in the campaign to get more 
production here; Local 702; Labora- 
tory Workcr.<;: Local C44, Camera- 
men; Local 829, United Scenic Art- 
ists: No. 1, N. Y. stagehands; No. 4. 
Brooklyn stagehands, and Local 306, 
Moving Picture Machine Operators. 
Some are more ■ Importantly con- 
cerned than others. Local 702 has 
a membership of around 1,000; Local 
52 'about 350; the Cameramen, 200; 
Scenic Artists, 200; Local 306, 2,000, 
(Continued on page 46) 



Much Yiddish and Negro Pic Prod. 
East; Average Cost $15,000 Per 
Feature, Usual Gross Around 35G 



M-G Drops Freddie 



Hollywood, Oct. 31. 
Freddie Bartholomew was dropped 
from the Metro payroll after five 
years ' on the Culver City lot. His 
last picture there was 'Listen 
Darling.' 

Currently the British lad is work- 
ing in 'Swiss Family Robinson' at 
RKO. 



Alex Korda May 
Produce In The 
U. S. for a Spell 



Alexander Korda may remain in 
America when he comes over from 
England to attend the annual stock- 
holders' meeting on Nov. 14 in New 
York. Korda, it is said, may go to 
the Coast and arrange for production 
there inasmuch as it is virtually im- 
possible for him to continue on his 
former basis in England. 

Korda has long spoken of coming 
to America to work. It was at first 
believed that that would be unlikely 
during the war since the producer is 
so tied up with Britain that it would 
create a bad taste there were he to 
scram the country. His sudden an- 
nouncement that he was coming over 
for the stockholders' meeting and the 
present mild state of the European 
conflict have somewhat upset that 
reasoning, however. 

Because of censorship it is not 
known when or on what boat the 
British producer will sail. 



Depinet, McCormick 
Back From Coast Glom 
Of New RKO Pictures 



Termer has been signatured by 
Sepia Art Pictures, Inc., New 
York, with Joe Seiden for produc- 
tion of 12 two-reel Negro films at 
Seiden's studio in Fort Lee, N. J. One 
of the pix had been completed pricir 
to consummation of the deal, pre- 
view last month at the Apollo, N. Y, 
being the deciding factor in Sepia's 
decision to have the others made. 
Work on the 11 additional will be- 
gin at once. 

Seiden. has Just completed thre« 
Yiddish films. They are 'Motel the 
Operator,' a two-reeler, starring 
Chaim Tauber; 'Kol Nidre" and 'My 
Son,' with Jerry Rosenberg, Juve, 
and Gustav Berger and Fannia 
Rubina. Latter two are full-length 
features. 

On Seiden's schedule for next 
month is another Jewish film, 'Ell 
Eli' ('Forsake Me Not'), with Jennie 
Goldstein, Yiddish legit star, in the 
top role. 

Cost of the Seiden films was about 
$15,000 each. They are distribbed to 
between 100 and 150 outlets, with 
potential income of up to about 
$35,000. Negro pix have possibility 
of between 300 and 400 playdates, 
but only about , the same income as 
the Yiddish, as admish for the latter 
is higher. 

Colored Pd^'s PIc 

Film starring John Henry Lewis, 
Negro boxer, has been completed at 
the Edison studios in the Bronx. It 
was produced by M.C. Pictures Co., 
controlled by Eddie Meade, Lewis' 
manager, and John Cline. Clino 
directed, with studio supplying tech- 
nicians and sets. 

Several Spanish, Ukrainian and 
Jewish films are next on the Edison 
slate, Spanish pix will be the first in 
that language made there. 

Joseph Green, who formerly pro- 
duced Yiddish films in Poland, is 
currently in New York making ar- 
rangements for production here. His 
first picture will star Molly Picon. 
Green formerly made films with the 
Yiddish actress at his Sphinx Studios 
in Warsaw. 



Ned Depinet, RKO distribution 
chieftain, and Barrett McCormick, 
ad-publiclty director, returned to 
New York Monday (30) by plane 
after viewing the largest completed 
group of films at one time that they 
have - seen, -including pictures that 
take release up into January. George 
J. Schaefer, president, out on the 
Coast about a month now, was sched- 
uled to leave yesterday (Tues.) but 
prior to returning to New York Is 
going to take a vacation of about 10 
days elsewhere. 

Schaefer has been on the Coast 
overseeing production and discussing 
the cuts with studio personnel and 
contractees which was enforced at 
the home olTice recently, ranging 
from 10% up to 50%. He is said to 
have been satisfactorily successful in 
getting cooperation from the studio 
forces in that connection, in spite 
of general cfTorts to resist cutting, 
notably among directors, writers and 
talent. 

Depinet and McCormick saw 
'Hunchback of Notre Dame' in its 
finished form prior to editing as well 
as 'That's Riciht. You're Wrong.' 'Abe 
Lincoln in Illinois.' 'Pinnochio' in its 
black-and-white stage before color- 
ing and scoring; 'Meet Dr. Christian' 
and 'Allegheny Uprising.' They also 
looked at portions of 'ViTil in the 
Niirhl' and 'SwTss Family Robinson.' 

'Hunchback,' starring Charles 
Laughton, will be a New Year's week 
release. 



Par Seals Stone 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. 

Paramount handed Andrew Stone 
a new contract as producer. 

Currently he is putting the finish- 
ing touches on 'The Great Victor 
Herbert.' 




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INDEX 

Bills 38-39 

Burlesque 38 

Chatter 46 

Concert 45 

Dance Bands , .31-33 

15 Years Ago , 36 

Film Booking Chart 16 

Film Reviews 14 

Film Showmansh;;3, 8 

House Reviews 37 

International News....... 12 

Inside— Legit 44 

Inside — Music 33 

Legitimate 41-44 

Literati 45 

Music 31-33 

Night Club Reviews 34 

New Acts 40 

Night Clubs 34-36 

Obituary 47 

Outdoors 47 

Pictures 2-18 

Radio 19-30 

Radio Reviews ". .. 29. 

Sports 39 

Vaudeville 34-36 



4 



VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesda^Tt November I, 1939 



Neely Takes an Encore This Jan. 
In D£; More Echoes on Ir. Smith' 



Friday Knights 



More Blasts Against 

Capra's 'Mr. Smith' 

Pitt<:burgh, Oct. 31. 

Re.sentmenl in Washinfiton again.'it 
Frjink Capra's 'Mr. Smith Goes to 
Wnshington' (Col) is spreading, with 
Raymond Z. Henle, capital corre- 
spondent for Post-Gazette and other 
Paul Block papers, latest to blast 
'distorted picture' of -Senators and 
newspaper correspondents. Curious- 
ly enough, Henle's piece appeared on 
same day. that Harold W. Cohen's 
rave review of film hit the paper. 

Henle labeled 'Mr. Smith' a "fan- 
l.iiy and a mistake,' and said it was 
imforlunate that Capra chose to cen- 
ter the story of the picture in politi- 
cal graft and corruption. 'In this 
respect,' he wrote, "the U. S. Senate 
is treated shabbily. Why couldn't he 
(Capra) instead base his theme on a 
dramatic clash of personalities over 
divergent approaches to an objective 
of great public good.' 

Washington correspondent also tore 
into . supposition that any one man 
could muzzle the press of an entire 
nation, and was bitter at character 
treatment of political writers on Cap- 
itol Hill. 



Washington, Oct. 31. 
Another long gab-fesl, with further 
opportunities for the reform element 
to fight with the industry lobby 
about who ha.s the purest motives, 
will pave the way for a house show- 
down on the Neely block booking 
bill; Hearings before the Hou.sc 
Interstate and' ' Forei.an Com- 
merce Committee now arc definitely 
planned for this winter. 

Although he has been counted as 
opposed to the legislation, chairman 
Clarence F. Lea, veteran California 
Democrat, said last week he'd allow 
proponents and foes of the measure 
ample time Id give their slants, on 
distribution problems during the 
regular session opening in January. 
Lee indicated that pressure has be- 
come so strong he can no longer 
stall off persons demanding a de- 
cision on the proposed ban on pres- 
ent distribution practices. 

Announcement that hearings are 
contemplated within a few months 
was a decided surprise and imme- 
diately interpreted as proof that the 
campaign in behalf of the Neely 
measure has gained strength since 
the senate passed the bill. For in 
the past two sessions, Lea has 
suavely explained the importance of 
other legislation before his commit- 
tee was so much greater that he 
doubted the possibility of -spending 
considerable time hearing pro and 
con arguments regarding fllm trade 
hiibits.- 

|rhe decision to take the bill out of 
the pigeonhole has no relation to 
the wave of senate indignation 
stirred up by Fi-ank Capra's 'Mr. 
Smith Goes to Washington' Col.), 
Lea asserted rather ineffectively. 
Fact that the hearing tip came while 
members of the upper chamber were 
foaming at the mouth still seemed 
to many observers to be too great to 
write off as a coincidence. 

Myers' Trailer Idea. 

Abram F. Myers, general counsel 
for Allied States Association of Ex- 
hibitors, advised all members play- 
ing Columbia's 'Mr. Smith Goes to 
Washington' to disclaim, via a 
trailer, any part in a move to dis- 
credit Congress or the pr6ss corps. 
He gleefully notes that the hostile 
reaction to the film here may aid in 
passage of the Neely bill. 

Declaring Allied has no desire to 
aid in undermining confidence of the 
public in its lawmakers or in ma- 
ligning the press, Myers advises 
using this trailer: 

'The management, in common with 
all good Americans, has faith in the 
uprightness of our chosen repre- 
sentatives and in the integrity of the 
press. Consequently it presents this 
feature as entertainment and not as 
propaganda. The story, characters 
and incidents are purely fictional 
and the picture in no sense reflects 
actual conditions in the. capital of 
our nation.' 

Myers says that 'as far as I know' 
no bulletins citing 'Mr. Smith' as » 
'horrible example' of Hollywood 
viciousness has been sent congress; 
The Interstate Commerce committee 
confirms; saying they have seen 
nothing from Allied on this subject. 



Another UA Pic for Roxy 



By BILL HAI.LIGAN 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. 
Years ago the lobby of the Or- 
pheum, in downtown L. A., on Sun- 
I day night was the meeting place 
I for the New York exiles to fore- 
I gather and discuss the Hollywood 

; scene pro and con. Today Los An- 

Anolher picture has been sold by ; geles proper might as well be in 
United Artists to the Roxy, N. Y . i San Francisco. The gang now meets 

which up to a few weeks a.go hod I !;«'°'-^« 'l)^ .^^^^^^^^ "'eht 

at the American Legion. 
I been an unmterrupted showca.se for ; 3,4 two-bit men, stars 

20th-Fox product, distributor in con- : extras, directors and writers, all 
trol of the house. ^, , ^ fid together in the common brother- 

UA s 'Housekeeper s Daughter t ^ood of the craft. They come from 
goes in following run of Drums of j^e palatial patios of the swank 
Mohawk' which opens Friday (3). | suburbs and from the hutches of the 
Earlier in October the house played , Hollywood backyards. Those with- 



Completed Pix Ahead of Last Year 
Same Time; Earfier Prod. Hiatus 



UA's 'Eternally Yours' one week. 



Mpls. Times-Trib Too 

Minneapolis, Oct. 31. 
In a lengthy editorial, the Minne- 
apolis Times-Tribune takes a rap at 



Lolly Parsons 
Personating At 
$7,500 Per Week 



Hollywood, Oct. 31. 
Louella Parsons in person, dictat- 
ing her daily gems of literature right 
before Joe Public's eyes, is the star 
of a new vaude unit, booked for a 
six-to-eight week tour of cities in 
which Hearst newspapers are printed. 
Understood the deal calls for a mini- 
mum flat of $7,500 a week against 
SO-SO split from the first dollar. 

Miss Parsons doubles as mistress 
of cermonies and column conductor, 
dictating her Hollywood news and 
comments from the stage to a West- 
ern Union teletype operator who re- 
lays it to the local newspaper -office. 
Act is preceded by a trailer showing 
a number of screen stars Miss Par- 
sons has helped up the ladder of 
lame. 

In the supporting cast are Arleen 
Whelan, June Preiisser aiid Susan 
Hayward, with dickers under way 
for the services of Geo fe Murphy 
and Rosemary Lane. Screen players 
are slated to do a sketch written by 
Edgar Allen Woolf and put on speci- 
alty acts while Miss Parsons is not 
emceeing or dictating her column. 

Leo Morrison is arranging date.s. 
Jack Mulcahy, of the 20th-Fox pub- 
licity staff is going out ahead of the 
show, and Mecca Graham is company 
manager. Tour starts Nov. 16, some- 
where in the midwest, at a spot not 
yet selected. Troupe will play four- 
a-day at picture houses. 



out the wherewithal come to go.ssip 
I and silently disappear, as the crowd 
; thins out and enters the Stadium 
at 8:30. 

j There isn't another fight crowd 
'like it in the world. The attrac- 
; tion is in the first five rows and not 
j in the ring. Actors from the two-a- 
I day, the legit and musical comedy, 
' and the pioneers of the silent days, 
I all striving to be happy and care- 
free beneath the -veneer of worry 
land anxiety of protracted idlene.ss. 
I Never a compliaint or squawk. They 
I lake the depression in stride' 

Missed a lot of the old familiar 
faces— George McFarland, Walter C. 
Kelly, Tammany Young, Walter Per- 
cival, Robert Edeson, Emmett Cor- 
rigan, Harry Fitzgerald, Frank Done- 
igan. Lew Cody, Arthur Byron and 
a lot of others who made the town 
a better place to live in. 

The majority of the old guard 
hang on tenaciously, however, and 
the laughs come thick and fast with 
Solly 'Violinsky, Joe Frisco, Bert- 
Hanloii, Skins Miller, Al Klein, 
Eddie Foy, Jr.; Bert Kalmar and 
Harry Ruby donating their share — a 
rare group of comics who do not 
seem to be supplanted by any new 
crop of up-to-the-minute gagmen. 

Down in the front rows of the 
Legion you will see Pat O'Brien, 
Charlie Ruggles, Alan Hale, Charley 
Chase, George Raft, Bryan Foy and 
a host of others whom success hasn't 
changed any. They were the same 
at 200 as they are at 2Gs. Tommy 
Dugan, Jimmy Conlan and Jack 
Norton, the Three- Horsemen of the 
Venturas, grab themselves an empty 
booth at the derby after the contests 
are over and many an idea is born 
over the Chase & Sanborn. 

Prohibition might still be in force 
as far as many are concerhed— 
havien't seen a Scotch highball, since 
we have' been here. 

Broadway doesn't miss them, or 
vice versa— they brought it with 
them when they left. 



Saal Shifts West 



William Saal, special cxploiteer 
and script buyer for Republic and 
in.Tn-Friday to piez Herb Yateis, has 
been transferred to the company's 
Coast lot. He is to assist studio 
manager Moe Siegel in supervision 
of Rep product now being turned 
but and aid in casting and story 
selection. 

Saal was formerly an indie pro- 
ducer and before that chief buyer 
and booker for Parainouiit's the- 
atres. 



GOLDWYN BLOCKS WB; 
STAGE DEAL FOR ZORINA 



BEHE DAVIS CALLS 
OFF FEUD WITH WB 



Hollywood, Oct. 31. 
Warners' plan to star Zorina in a 
second picture was halted by an 
announcement that Sa iiuel Goldwyn 
is negotiating with Dwight Wimah 
for the dancing star in a Broadway 
musical. Announcement read; 

•Miss Zorina is under exclusive 
contract to Samuel Goldwyn and 
was loaned to Warners on a one- 
picture deal. Goldwyn has made no 
other commitments with any other 
picture company for Mi.ss Zorina's 
services. The deal with Dwight 
Wiman is the only one under nego- 
tiation.' 

Zorina is in New York readying 
for the new stage show by Rodgers 
and Hart- in collaboration with 
George Abbott 



Hollywood, Oct. 31. 

Bette Davis' feud with Warners 
has been ironed out, with the actress 
slated to return from the ea.st in a^ 
few weeks to start work in 'The 
Woman Brown.' 

Other pictures scheduleo for Miss 
Davis are 'No Time fot- Comedy,* 
'AH This and Heaven Too' and "The 
Miracle.' 



'Mr. Smith Goes to Wa.shington' for 
its derogatory treatment of U. S. 
senators and politicians, and it pre- 
dicts that there will be repercussions 
in Washington in. the form of the 
Neely anti-block booking bill pass- 
age. 

It charges that the picture strays 
from the truth. 



Femmes Galore But 
M-G Shy on Material 



Kenneth MacKenna, Metro story 
' chief, is invading the eastern book 
' market to find material for the 
studio's femme stars, (iulver City 
outfit has a shortage of yarns and a 
surplus of stars. 

■Idea is to build up a reserve sup- 
ply of plays for Norma Shearer, 
Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, Judy 
Garland, Greer Garson, Myrna Loy, 
Jeanelte MacDonald, Eleanor Powell, 
Rosalind Russell. Company also has 
commitments on Luise Rainer, who 
is returning to Hollywood. 



Donovan, Irving 
Trust Ask More 
RKO Legal Fees 



William J. Donovan, solicitor for 
the trustee, and Irving Trust Co., 
trustee of RKO, filed petitions for 
ad-interim allowances for their ser- 
vices to the film company Monday 
(30), in N.Y.' federal court, for the 
period of Oct. 1, 1938-Sept. 30, 1939. 
Donovan's firm, which so far has 
received $310,000 from July 1, 1934, 
requests $75,000 plus $612 in dis- 
bursements, while Irving Tru.st, 
which has collected $192,000, asks 
$65,000. Both petitions declare that 
the applicants had given considera- 
tion to the reduction of consolidated 
income of (he film company becau.'^e 
of the war in Europe, and were ask- 
ing substantially less than their ser- 
vices warranted. 

The petition of Donovan's firm, 
which covered 75 pages, declared 
that some 5.293 hours had been util- 
ized at RKO's behiilf. No request 
was made for services in connection 
with the Government anti-trust ac- 
tion against the major companies. 

Irving Trust's petition brought up 
to Sept. 30 certain figures on the 
companies' affairs, which were cov- 
ered in its ninth report only to July 
30. Cash on hand was $517,543, of 
which $200,922 has been set aside 
for administration expenses, with the 
balance held in trust as collateral. 
The court, it was disclo.sed, has al- 
lowed $6,360,872 in claims against the 
company. A total of $55,512,250 in 
claims were filed originally. 

Claims allowed of this amount, 
whether through the court or by 
agreement, total $25,079,151. This 
amount, besides including the 
amount allowed by the court, has 
$12,718,500 in the lO-.vear 6% gold 
debentures; $4,000,000. to Rockefeller 
Centerj. and^$Jj754,5^1 m general \m- 
secured claims. The petil'ibn coveyea 
51 pages. 

Also filing a request for the past 
year was the accounting firm of 
Price, Waterhou.se & Co., requesting 
$4,800, the maximum allowed by the 
court for the period.. It was based 
on actual expenditure of $5,19.5, ac- 
cording to the accountants, who may 
not receive the larger amount. 

Jiidge William Bondy i i N. Y. yes- 



High-powered pace which ihe 
, Coast production juggernaut has 
maintained up to this point in the 
film year portends a more extensive 
than usual seasonal lull in the (-in ly 
months of 1940. While only loo 
pictures were completed, at the be- 
ginning of November last year, ap. 
proximately 150 have already cro.'^sed 
the final line of preview or re- 
lease for 1939-40. 

In addition, there were in the 
neighborhood of only 40 film." before 
cameras at this juncture in 1938, 
while 45 are at the moment in ihe 
process of lensing. There are con- 
siderably more set for production 
j very soon, too, than al the siun 
] time a year ago. v 

Inasmuch ns a totail of .580 pic- 
tures were promised by all com- 
panies on the 1038-39 books, and 
only 540 this season, it becomes tvi- 
Ident that a greater letdown ihiin 
' usual will be possible for the slu- 
jdios when the. present rush is over. 
I Aside from (he war abroad,, whichj 
I according to Coast executive com- 
ment, might have been expected to 
I .slow up production instead of .vpt td. 
I ing it; another factor is .>;ecn as jit 
least partially responsible for ihe 
full steam ahead which has been 
maintained. That's a desire lo .get 
as much work as possible out of the 
way to steim off lATSE demiuuis for 
pay increases which have reconlly 
been plaguing producers. There 
may also be some producer re- 
quests for cuts in light of the .>i)iish 
in foreign income, and a studio op- 
erating at a leisurely pace is Itlt 
to be a much more advantageous 
point from which lo bargain than 
one under pressure for completion 
of a flock of pix. 

Near the head of the current 
double-quick production p.-irade is 
United Artists, which will turn out 
more this year than at any lime in 
its 25-year history. It will ha\e 22 
in release by the beginning of Feb- 
ruary, whereas in its best previous 
effort, 1937-38, it got out 23 lor the 
entire season. Last year's tolul was 
15. 

Close to UA's promised 28-32 pix 
may be expected. Seven have al- 
ready been released, two are in c-ins, 
four are in final stages of ediling, 
four are before cameras and five 
a;e in preparation for early 
auction. 



pro- 



WB Layoff Until .Ian. 2 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. 

Warners performe 1 another whil- 
(ling operation on its studio pa.vroU 
over the weekend, with instructions 
to the patients to report back lo 
work Jan. 2. Explanation was that 
the plant needs only U more fea- 
tures to complete its 1939.40 sked. 
and that only four features will be 
in production from now until Ihe 
new year. 

Films to be completed before Jan, 
1 are 'The Life of Dr. Ehrlich.' 'Vir- 
ginia City,' 'The Fighting 6nth' and 
■Brother-Rat-and-the Haby.' - 1 



ZANUCK TOASTED BY 
400 H'WOOD MASQUERS 



Hollywood. Oct. 31. 
Darryl Zanuck became an honor- 

^ ... ary member of the Masquer? at a 

lerday (Tues.) set Nov. 10 as a hear- j dinner. attended by 400. Tribute was 
ing dale on application of Irving i paid to the 20th-Fox executive pro- 



HaysKes Take Cognizance 

The Motion Picture Producers. & 
Distributors took cognizance of the 
attacks against 'Mr. Smith 'Goes to 
Washington' in senatorial and other 
quarters, at its meeting Monday (30) 
ill New York. Hays office's com- 
ment, at a private session of indus- 
try members, was concerned with 
the hot water (hat the industry man- 
ages to get itself into all the time. 
There was no formal discussion of 
the matter, however. 



And It'll Have to Wait 



Hollywood, Oct. ^1. 
Filming of 'And It All Game 
True' at Warners was deferrecl for 
six weeks becau.se two players slated 
for top spots are bu.sy with other pic- 
tures. 

George Raft is out on loan to Wal- 
ler Wanger for 'The House Across 
the Bay,' and Humphrey Bogart is 
playing a heavy role in 'Virginia 
City.' Ann SJierldan and John Gar- 
field also in (he cast.' ' 

Lloyd Bacon gets the directorial 
assignment, vice Analole Litvtk. 



Trust and Donovan for fees. 



Studio Contracts 



Hollywood, Oct. 31. 

Wilson Colli.son inked new script- 
ing ticket at Metro. 

Bobby: Webb handed new deal as 
casting director for United Artists. 

20th-Fox signed Betty GrabJe to 
con(rac(. 

Warners handed new' writing deal 
(o James Hilton. 

May Robson's player pact renewed 
by Warners. 

Walter Wanger signed iRutI) Terry 
lo player contract. 

Mary Beth Hughes inked Jicting 
ticket at 20th-Fox. 

Paramount lifted Robert Page's 
player option. 

Warners handed acting contracl 
to Nell O'Day. 

Paramount hoisted Ruth -Rogers' 
player option. 

■Virginia- 'Van Upp drew new writw 
ticket at Paramount. 

Lillian Cornell inked one-year 
player pact with Paramount. 



ducer for his achievement in the 
film industry and his gesture in con- 
tributing (he premiere receipts of 
'Hollywood Cavalcade' lo Motion 
Picture Relief Fund. 

Speakers were Willie Collier, Bill 
Davidson, Jimmy Roosevelt sm\ Za- 
nuck, who lauded the Ma.squir.= lor 
maintaining laughter and gtiodlel- 
lowship amid the Hollywood .<-torms. 



Mrs. Johnson on Her Own 



Hollywood, Oct. 31. 
Osa (Mrs. Martin) John.son lit-iids 
another picture safari to Afiic?. in 
January. 

She is bankrolling the ventiii-e htr- 
.sclf and will make deal with « major 
for distribution. 



ROACH TESTS SARGENT 

Brent Sargent, radio and Itg'l 
player, will be (es(ed in the evfl by 
Hal Roach. He did a bit in film 
version of 'Marie Antoinette' i-nd 
was at Wharf theatre, Provincclown, 
during summer. 

Option on John Rubbard ha.« been 
lifted by Roach. 



Wednesday, Noyembcr 1, 1939 



PICTURES 



VARIiETY 



MORE LIBERAL QIBEC SEEN 



Deal Returning Pic Coin to B way 
Slated for Adoption Next Week 



Proposed agreement for the re- 
turn of nim backing to legit produc- 
tion (so-called 'Wharton-Wilk plan') 
is slated for adoption next week. 
Dramatists Guild Avill vote on it at 
the annual membership meeting 
Monday (C). Signatory managers 
will vote within the ensuing few 
days, at a meeting called for the pur- 
pose. 

Each signatory producing firm or 
corporation will be entitled to 
a vote, so managers having several 
producing corporations will have a 
yote for each such firm. In any case, 
the agreement is figured virtually 
certain to be approved by both the 
Guild and the managers, whereupon 
It would become effective immedi- 
ately. 

Reason the pact must be approved 
by a majority of both Guild mem- 
bers and signatory managers is that 
It is an ajnendment to the existing 
Guild - manager • minimum basic 
agreement. It will not affect the 
present royalty setup or other regu- 
lations governing legit production, 
except as regards the purchase o£ 
film rights. Under the existing rules, 
picture companies may back legit 
productions and subsequently buy 
the screen rights in the open mar- 
ket. Or, under the proposed plan, 
the studio would finance the legit 
production and automatically ac- 
quire the screen rights under a 
standard scale of payments based on 
the legit gross, length of run and 
running costs. 

■ Although the plan has yet to be 
adopted, various Hollywood com- 
panies have either resumed Broad- 
way financing under one or the other 
setup, or are preparing to do so. For 
instance, George Abbott has indi- 
cated he prefers to operate under 
the existing regulations, so he has 
formed a new producing corpora- 
tion and already has two produc- 
tions running on Broadway ('See 
My Lawyer' and 'Too Many Girls") 
■with Warner backing. 

If the film company wants to ac- 
quire the picture rights to either 
snow it must buy them in the open 
market. On the other hand, War- 
ners is also backing Sidney Kings- 
ley's 'The Outward Room," but un- 
der a tentative agreement to become 
effective as soon as the proposed 
new plan is adopted. In the latter 
instance, Warners already have the 
screen rights, with the price to be 
determined on the basis of the legit 
run. 

Film Cos. Line Vp Flays 

Paramount, RKO and 20th-Fox 
are understood ready to re-enter the 
Broadway field as soon as the pro- 
posed agreement goes through and, 
in some cases, already have plays 
lined up. However, Metro, which 
strongly opposed making it compul- 
sory for the film backer under the 
new plan to guarantee to purchase 
the rights, has indicated it will can- 
wnue to stay out of the legit field, 
whether the agreement is adopted or 
not. Metro officials sought to have 
the agreement give the film backer 
an option to buy the screen rights, 
rather than be obligated to do so. 
The same company also has from the 
nr.n taken the lead in opposing the 
existing minimum basic agreement, 
which went into effect three years 
ago. 

In one regard, the proposed agree- 
^nent offers unusual latitude. That 
js in the matter of concessions, modi- 
ncations, etc. Since nothing of the 
sort has ever been attempted be- 
fore, it is not known how it may 
work out in actual practice. There- 
fore, the clause permitting the Guild 
to make concessions in unforeseen 
and unfair circumstances is very 
oroad and liberal. Same applies to 
the arbitration clause. Pact may be 
Changed at any time by mutual con- 
sent of a majority of the signatories 
and in any case it is for a term of 
°nly one year, after which it can 
"56 continued, modified or dropped, 
as the contractees wish. 



Plaintive Wail 



"Tucson, Ariz., Oct. 31. 

New version of the old ballad, 
'Cottage For Sale,' is being sung 
here by Columbia Pictures as 
a result of a faded romance 
between the studio and its lost 
loye, 'Arizona.' 

Permanent set, built at a 
cost of $350,000, is up for sale 
or rental at $1,000 a day to other 
film outfits. In addition, the 
studio is' offering 150 head of 
oxen and SOO cavalry horses to 
the highest bidders. 



SAG COURTESIES 
TOEQUITYITES 
WITHDRAWN 



Feeling that some members of 
Equity are failing to co-operate, 
Screen Actors Guild after today (1) 
will abolish courtesy cards which 
allowed Equityites the privilege of 
working in one film without joining 
SAG. Under the new edict, Equity 
members to appear before a lens 
will have to pay SAG's $25 initiation 
fee and one-half of the $18 a year 
dues. 

SAG's 'non-cooperalion' squawk 
resulted from Equity members fre- 
quently failing to apply to the 
Screen Guild's office for a courtesy 
card. Instead, it is said, : they 
would appear on a set waving their 
Equity memberships end claiming 
the right to work. This caused diffi- 
culty in checking, sometimes slow- 
ing up production. 

New York chapter of SAG has 
eased up its requirements somewhat 
for attendance at the annual mem- 
bership meeting Friday (3) aft- 
ernoon at the Astor hotel. Anyone 
when he paid dues last, will be ad- 
mitted, under the new rule. Origi- 
nally a card paid up to at least 
Aug. 1 was needed. Aug. 1 date 
will still apply, however, to voting 
privilege. 



IIT LEAST HOPES 
E 






WB PHILLY THEATRE 
SHAKEUP HITSiXECS 



/ Philadelphia, Oct. 31. 

A shakeup in the executive setup 
of Warner Bros, circuit went into 
effecf over the weekend. 

Zone manager David (Skip> Wesh- 
ncr, central district, Jack Flynn. 
neighborhoods, and A. J. Vanni, out- 
of-town, had their offices shifted 
from central headquarters out into 
the field. They will be giyen less 
houses to handle and report di- 
rectly to Ted Schlanger, Philly cir- 
cuit chief. 

Some of the houses formerly in 
the bailiwick of the trio, will be di- 
vided up among the eight district 
managers. Reason for this move was 
given as 'improvement in the co- 
] ordination of the circuit." 



N. L. Nathanson May 
Be Named Head of CBC 

. Winnipeg, Oct. 31. 

N. L. Nathanson, head of the 
Famous. Players (Canadian) chain is 
being mentioned locally as the new 
head of the Canadian Broadcasting 
Corp. (Nathnnso.n is currently one of 
the members of the board of di- 
rectors of the CBC\ 

Also mentioned as a possible CBC 
head is General Victor Odium, of 
Vancouver, another member of the 
governing body of the CBC. Odium 
is a former publisher while Nathan- 
son is the only showman on tho 
board. 



Defeat of Duplessis, Under 
Ultra-Strict Group's Domi- 
nation, May Have Easing 
Effect on Films, Radio and 
Entertainment Generally 



OKAY FOR MINORS? 



Montreal, Oct. 31. 

With the defeat of anti-conscrip-i 
tion Premier Duplessis in the pro- 
vincial elections last week, in an up- 
set of astonishing proportions which 
brought the old Liberal Party back 
into power, probable effects on films, 
radio, books and magazines are gen- 
erally construed as favorable in 
show biz circles here. Duplessis 
was extremely close to the clergy. 

Agitation against' beer programs 
on radio which reached unusual in- 
tensity in clerical circles during 
Duplessis" regime and brought about 
stringent regulation of commercials 
is said to have originated with 
clergy who backed Duplessis orig- 
inally in political campaign which 
resulted in defeat of Liberal Prem- 
ier Taschereau. 

Church influence in provincial 
affairs is not expected to wane to 
any large extent. But the Liberal 
administration before Duplessis did 
not bow to clerical dictates in poli- 
(Conlinued on page iG) 



N.W.MPTO TO MERGE 
WITH COAST INDIE ASS'N 



Seattle, Oct. 31. 
Motion Picture Theatre Owners 
of the Northwest at its 17th annual 
convention Friday and Saturday 
voted to merge with the Pacific 
Coast Conference of Independent 
Theatre Owners, Committee, headed 
by Fred Mercy, Jr., of Yakima, was 
named to work out details and re- 
port after the matter has been rati- 
fied or fixed by Washington, Alaska 
and Idaho operators. Sentiment is 
strongly favorable so merging is as- 
sured. 

Identity of the group, with local 
offices under manager J. M, Hone, 
will continue unchanged, with 
chapters planned for Spokane and 
Tacoma. Pacific Conference is con- 
sidered equitable and favoring a 
conciliatory attitude on problems. 

Over 100 attended the local con- 
clave, Lo Lukan, Seattle, president, 
and Paul Aust and C. L. Gwinn, vice- 
presidents, all re-elected. 



Ohio ITO Meets After Jan. I 

Columbus, Oct. 31. 

Ai.nual ITO of Ohio convention, 
previously announced for Nov. 13-14, 
has been set back until after the 
first of the year. 

Inability of the directors to get 
together on a date is reason for the 
change. 



Murphy Names BiD Famsworth 
Special Atty. to Help Prosecute 
U.S. Anti-Trust Suits; More Probing 



Off to the Races 



Impatient sales manager of one 
of the major film companies, 
having waited nearly a week for 
a decision from the studio as to 
the material selected for one of 
the firm's stars, picked up the 
phone and put in a call for the 
studio chief. 

. 'He's, not here,! reported . the 
studio operator. 'He and Soandso 
(the star) have gone to the 
races." 



COAST AGENTS 
RATIFY SAG 
CONTRACT 



Hollywood, Oct. 31. 

Unanimous vote of the Artists 
Managers Guild at its meeting Mon- 
day (30) night ratified the franchise 
agreement with Screen Actors Guild 
and the contract became effective at 
noon today (Tuesday). Covenant 
runs for 10 years which is more 
agreeable to the agents than the pro- 
posed five years. 

Only a few minor changes were 
made in the original contract drawn 
up by Laurence Boilenson, SAG at- 
toirney. Under its terms, all picture 
agents must be licensed and per- 
centers now doing business will be 
issued credentials. 



CRITICS' CONCLAVE 
SET FOR HOLLYWOOD 



Memphis, Oct. 31. 



Washington, D. C, Oct. 31, 
William P. Farnsworth, ■ who was 
deputy administrator of the Code 
Authority of the Motion Picture In- 
dustry and a member of the body 
during the N. R. A. period, was ap- 
pointed by Attorney General Mur- 
phy today to the post of special at- 
torney in the anti-trust division to 
help prosecute the film suits. 

Farnsworth has had intimate 
glimpse info show business, having 
produced several legit shows. He 
was assistant - to Sol A. Rosenblatt, 
amusement Industry administrator 
under NRA, and sat as a member of 
the Theatre Code Authority, doub- 
ling In films. Soon before the Su- 
preme Court killed the Blue Eagle, 
Farnsworth succeeded to Rosenblatt's 
job for a short term, following re- 
turn of the latter to private law 
practice. 

Further submission of secret testi- 
mony about film tax and trade mat- 
ters under Federal scrutiny was 
forecast last week by Attorney 
General Murphy with a suggestion 
that indictments will be forthcoming, 
although weighing of past evidence 
has not been finished. Grand Jury 
hearings at Los Angeles will Tcsume 
shortly, the prosecutor declared 
Thursday (26). 

Return to Los Angeles of Charles 
Carr, special assistant to Murphy, 
was hinted in statement that the in^ 
vestigation is not over. While Carr 
has been in Washington for over a 
week, the A.G. said 'his work is not 
finished." 

The next batch of testimony, ac- 
cording to Murphy's implication, 
will be about alleged illegal activi- 
ties of Willie Bioff, chief emissary 
in Hollywood of George Browne, 
head of the International Alliance- 
bf Theatrical Stage Employees. When 
asked if indictment of Bioff has been 
returned secretly or will be sought, 
the Justice Department head ex- 
plained that more evidence concern- 
ing him is to be offered the jurors. 
The supplemental testimony 'may re- 
sult in an Immediate indictment,' 



First Newspaper Film Critics of . conspicuous 
America convention early In 1940, ! ' ' 
has been shifted from the midwest 



to Hollywood. 

Jimmy Starr, of the Los .\ngeles 
Herald-Express, will serve as chair- 
man of arrangemenU. 

Primary reason for picking Holly- 
wood was fact that studios might 
fimt • difficulty in freeing star.s 
named as 'best' actor and actress 
to make trip to distant city for 
awards presentation. Secondary 
cause was that many of scribes have 
never visited film city and might use 
the meeting as an excuse for the 
trip. 



$150,000 'SKYLARK' 

Too Chirpy — ^M-G, However, Inter- 
ested in It for Shearer 



evidence on the word 'may.' 
No settlement propositions have 
(Continued on page 16) 



Tom Edison, In Spades, 
Into the Hopper Pronto 



Hollywood, Oct. 31. 
John W. Considine, Jr., will have 
two Edison pictures before the 
cameras at Metro next week. 

'Young Tom Edison,' with Mickey 
Rooney, takes off Monday, and Spen- 
cer Tracy as 'Edison the Man' is due 
to roll a few days later. 



Despite active interest by virtually 
every film producer in 'Skylark,' 
bidding on it at the mor ent is at a 
standstill. Price tag of $150,000 has 
been tied to the Gertrude Lawrence 
Icgiter at the Moro.sco, N. Y., it is 
understood. 

Metro, in search of a vehicle for 
Norma Shearer, is reported leading 
I other companies for tho purchase. 
I Like others, it is holdiii.T olT. how- 
' ever, for several reasons. First of. 
' all. there is no hurry. ina.^much as a 
' release dale can't be obtained for a 
! year, while the show plays out its 
'anticipated Broadway run. 

There is aLi^o a desire by producers 
to watch what happens to it on 
' Broadway. Feeling is thi.i it is not 
i a solid play, but one dependent oh 
I the star. If biz slips off. the price 
I tag is ctrtain for a markdown. Basic- 
; ally the stiff (lyure asked is holding 
I things up. 



Consolidated's 9-Month 
Net Earnings, $574,258 

Consolidated Film Indu.stries. Inc., 
earnings improved more than $38,000 
in the first nine months this year as 
compared with the same period in 
1938. Report last week showed net 
earnings of $574,258 for the nine- 
month period endih? Sept. 30 as 
compared with $530,200 tor similar 
period last year. The first three 
quarters con.solldated net wa."; equal 
to $1.43 per preferred share, of which ' t» • t\ t» i iir 

there are 400,000 outsianding. In ' Lynn Ban DUC BaCK WeSt 
comparable period la.st .vear it Fof Pic; KanC, Cohn Ily 

amounted to $1.35 on eacii bhare of t „„„ o,,. ._ _ , 

Lynn Ban, currently m the east to 

preferred. do a personal with 'Drums Along 

Company reported a slight dip in 1 the Mohawk' this week at All);iny, 

net earnings for the third quarter Gloversville and Amsterdam. N. Y., 

ended Sept. 30, a total of $218,140. | will train back to the Coa.^t next 

u'hich was equal to S'-sc on each ■ week to begin work in 'Johnny 

common share after provision for 50c I Apollo,' with 'Tyrone Power and Ed- 

quartcrly on tho preferred .shares. | ward Arnold. Harry Joe Brown is 

This compares with $218,703 for third, producing for 20th-Fox. 

quarter of 1938, which v.-.is only ; Actress' husband, Waller Kane. 

about $500 belter than the rov^'nuc agent, planes west today (Wodnes- 

this year. day> with Harry Cohn. 



laspectlon Tour 

Spencer Tracy is inspecting the 
Edison laboratory in Menlo Park, N. 

i J., this week to absorb background 
for his forthcoming role in 'Edison 
the Man." After a gander at the old 
workshop, Tracy moves to Washing- 
ton to visit the inventor's son, 
Charles Edison, assistant secretary of 
the Navy. 

Tracy and Howard Strickling were 
guests of Henry Ford last week at 
the Thomas Edison Museum in Dear- 

I born, Mich. 



• VAJUETT 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, NoTCBiber 1, 1939 



Lightman Blasts New Independent 
Theatres, Inc^ Execs As 'Soreheads' 



Memphis, Oct. 31. 
Branding leaders of the . new Inde- 
pendent Theatres, Inc., as 'soreheads,' 
M. A. Lightman, head of the mid- 
Eouth's largest circuit, has cracked 
back verbally at the group of un- 
efflliated showmen who haye band- 
ed together for the announced pur- 
pose of providing him with opposi- 
tion. 

'Instead of my organization having 
done anything to these particular 
exhibitors, the exact contrary is 
true,' declared Ijghtman, former 
MPTOA president and leader in the 
exhibition field hereabouts for more 
than a decade. 'The. records will 
chow that everyone of these feUows 
except one came into my towns as 
opposition to me, not that I went in 
against them.' 

Single exception, Lightman said, 
Js Lee W. Moffiitt, Owensboro, Ky., 
where the Lightman circuit acquired 
theatres formerly owned by Warner 
iBros. Lightman pointied to Owens- 
boro situation as 'accidental oppo- 
sition as far as we are concerned 
because it existed 1 .fore we took 
over the Warners' Kentucky houses.' 

'We have never gone in against 
any independent, we have never 
fought any independent unless he 
came in against us. and we have 
never exacted any protection or 
clearance over' any independent with 
the exception of three special spots,' 
declared the head of the 70-odd the- 
atre circuit (Malco) operated in 
partnership with Paramount. TTiose 
exceptions are: West Memphis, a 
small town just across the river from 
Memphis, and certainly not entitled 
to play first runs simultaneously 
with ■ Main Street ■ in Memphis; 
Helena (Atk.) over West Helena, 
where the same setup exists; and 
Bardanelle (Ark.), where the clear- 
ance arrangement was all .worked 
out long before we bought the house 
end the status quo has never been 
changed. I want to add that we have 
never tied up product by virtue of 
selective contract. We release pic- 
tures as quickly as we can. 

'I think the records will show 
that we have always playe.d ball with 
the independent exhibitors and have 
worked for their interests. We in- 
tend to do so.' 

Dubbing each officer of Indepen- 
dent Theatres 'Sorehead No. 1,* 
•Sorehead No. 2/ etc., Lightman 
criticized each individually for tak- 
ing part in the movement against 
him. The officers are: Jack Rhodes, 
West Memphis, president; Moffitt, 
Owensboro, vice-president; Steve 
Stein, Jackson, secretary; Jack 
Guest, Camden, Ark., treasurer; R. 
V. McGinnis, Hope, Ark, chairman 
of the board, 

Lightman said, "McGinnis, in Bus- 
sellville, Ark., got us to buy him 
out there,' and that 'later he used 
our money paid to him there to 
enter into competition against us at 
Hope.' He said Stein had come into 
Jackson against him and the Para- 
mount partnership and that 'despite 
•11 this talk, Moffitt has made enough 
money against us in Owensboro to 
build a $50,000 tourist camp in Flor^ 
Ida.' 

Lightman also complained about 
the tone' of the article which 
Variety carried two weeks ago. in 
reporting formation of new outfit. 
Said it 'implied he had played both 
ends against the middle in the ex- 
hibitor field.' Also cited that the 
story referred to Lightman as 'a 
member of the Paramount board,' 
which he isn't, being merely a part, 
ner. Yarn likewise had him con 
fined largely to Memphis prior to 
1930, whereas he was operating in 
Arkansas towns prior to that time 



Double Turkey 



Los Angeles, Oct 31. 
Presidential preference for ob- 
servance of "Thanltsgiving Nov. 
23 will result in Fox-West Coast 
hanging out the holiday tariff in 
their theatres one more day this 
year than originally planned. 
; Circuit will observe as holi- 
days both the Roosevelt day to 
give thanks and the customary 
last Thursday of the month. 



COSMQCOLOR DICKERS 
PAR m 4 WKTERNS 



Cosmocolor Corp. is negotiating 
with Paramount whereby four or 
more westerns might be made with 
the process. Cosmocolor was used 
by Fine Arts in its production, 'Isle 
of Destiny,' which may get RKO re- 
lease. 

While Cosmo doesn't get as wide 
range as Technicolor in screen pro- 
ductions,, the fact that it is adapt- 
able for outdoorers and is inexpen- 
sive has won new business. Com- 
pany claims it can turn out a Class 
B production (six reels long) with 
100 prints for only about $18,000 
more than black and white prints. 
In the past, it has been used largely 
for shorts. 



Court Won't K.O. Reis' 
Libel Suit Vs. Tucker 



Ju.stice Charles McLaughlin in 
N. Y. supreme court Thursday (26) 
denied an application of Sophie 
Tucker to dismiiss the $100,000 libel 
action filed against her by Bernard 
J. Reis, accountant, the judge opin- 
ing, 'The article complained of, when 
read as a whole, establishes clearly 
that a libel is set forth which is 
actionable per se. It is quite plain 
that the statement refers to the 
plaintiff in his profession. The 
charge of intentional, falsity is plain, 
and the use of the words mislead- 
ing and erroneous together with the 
words and other malicious and 
vicious statements demonstrate to 
the average intelligent mind that 
here we have no innocent mistake. 
On the contrary the entire language 
shows that the plaintiff is charged 
with disgraceful conduct in the ex- 
ercise of his callin.? or profes.sion.' 

The allogedv libelous article ap- 
peared in the American Federation 
of Actors Rf'porter on Sept 1, at the 
height of the AAAA controversy. 



Empire Ops Reelect 

Entire slate 'of execs of the Em- 
pire State Motion Picture Operators 
Union, indie group, was reelected 
last week. They include Abe Kind' 
ler, prez; Nicholas Pitta, v.p.; Harry 
Fishman, biz agent; William San- 
iarsiero, secretary; Leon Diamond 
stein, treasurer, and-^Peter, Vlarde, 
sergeant-at-arms. 

Four new members elected to 
nine-man exec board are l«uis 
Davis, Joseph Casella, James Ad 
desso and Allen J. Savitch. 



MISS WATSON IN 'FIOBIAN' 

Lucille Watson left yesterday 
(Tuesday) to go into Metro's 
'Florian.' Contract was signed yes- 
terday morning. It's a one-picture 
deal with W. R, Sheehan. 

Actress reciently made 'The 
Women' for the same studio. 



Gueringer, Still III, 

Back to New Orleans 

William H. Guerlnger, formerly 
active in New Orleans show busi- 
ness, departed New York for that 
city Friday (27) after a 10-day visit, 
most of which period he was abed 
imder the care of physicians because 
of a heart ailment Special arrange- 
ments were made to place him 
aboard the train at Pennsylvania sta- 
tion. Showman had been in a New 
Orleans hospital for 11 weeks after 
an intestinal operation, just prior to 
the trip north, and doctors there 
thought the change would be bene- 
ficial. 

Gueringer was in the coterie of 
the late Julian Saenger, who oper- 
ated a string, of theatres in the south. 
He is known as 'the comic' among 
intimates and likes the appelation. 
When the Saenger properties were 
absorbed by Paramount Gueringer's 
share of the profit was $50>0,000. 
However, he never had the use of 
any of that nrioney which Was in the 
form of slock, value of which dived 
in the depression. 



Asst. Mgr., Ex-Footballer, 
Fells Would-Be Stickup 

Pittsburgh, Oct 31. 

Bandit wheel seems to be play- 
ing the WB circuit on a weekly 
basis this fall. Last week a couple 
of holdup men slugged Jules Green, 
manager of WB's Bclmar, over the 
head and got away with more than 
$200 in cash. Late Sunday night, 
almost a week to the minute, a lone 
thug tried the same thing at an- 
other WB stand, the Schcnley, but 
with different re.sults. 

Using a toy pistol, he held up 
Elizabeth Schivick, the cashier, and 
demanded she turii over the cash 
drawer. Miss Shivick reached in 
the till, pulled atiout $32 and gave 
it to the fellow. Then as he started 
away, she yelled 'stop that man' to 
Charles Steinhauser. assistant man- 
ager, and he went after him. 

Steinhauser, a former football 
half-back, brought down the bandit 
who gave his name as Hersh Kreiten- 
berg, with a flying tackle and a few 
rabbit punches and held him until 
police arrived.. Steinhauser is the 
son of Si Steinhau-ser, radio editor of 
the Press. So far police have found 
noirace of the two colored men who 
robbed the Belmar and .slugged 
Green, requiring several stitches in 
the manager's head. 



Talk 65% Terms 
ForMG-Selznick's 
'Gone With Wmd' 



To be sold under separate contract 
and . on straight percentage in every 
engagement, probably at a new high 
in terms except for roadshows, 
'Gone With the Wind' is the subject 
currently of discussion as to ju.st 
what the exact sales policy will be 
and what date will be selected for 
general release. These and related 
matters have not.been determined as 
yet according' to William F. Rodgers, 
general sales manager of Metro. 

The manner in which 'Wind' will 
be marketed by Metro and the per- 
centage terms to be asked from the 
top in first-run engagements, togeth- 
er with definite opening dates in At- 
lanta and New York, will be decided 
before the end of the week, it is ex- 
pected. 

Rodgers declares that, while Metro 
has talked about a world premiere in 
Atlanta Dec. IR and nn opening at 
the Capitol Dec. 20, the.<% dates arc 
subject to change, in view of the 
discussions now going on and the ab- 
sence of a decision up to yesterday 
(Tues.) as to date of general release. 

A Chicago midscason sales meeting 
of Metro will follow the huddles that 
are now taking place in New York 
on 'Wind,' and, while this David O. 
Selznick picture will be discu."ised 
there, other general distribution mat- 
ters will also be on the agenda. 

Reports from the Coast are that 
Metro will ask a top of 65% on 
straight percentage for 'Wind.' 
Rodgers stated yesterday (Tues.) that 
lio figure had been determined nor 
that a policy had been set down for 
the engagement at the Capitol. N. Y.,' 
where it is said prices will be ad- 
vanced and a straight admission 
throughout the day of $1 or more 
would prevail, due to length of the 
p.icture — three hours 45 minutes. 

If opening at 9 a. m. and grinding 
through to 1 a. m.. Cnp could do no 
more than four shows daily during 
the week and only three on Sunday, 
when theatres can't open until noon. 

Al Lichtman. who's on the Coast, 
planned coming east to discuss the 
sales setup to govern 'Wind,' but re- 
considered and is remaining west. 
Selznick, who has been in N. Y. for 
discussions with Metro, is returning 
to the Coast tomorrow (Thurs.). He 
stated on Monday (.W) that 'unique 
terms' would obtain In the merchan- 
dising of the picture, not amplifying 
further. 

He will come on from Hollywood, 
together with other execs, to attend 
the Atlanta preen>, and declared that 
the whole show of 'Wind' will run 
four hour.<;, including a 15-minute in- 
termission. 



bopartant Legal Quirk to Court's 
Dismissal of Stondiam Vs. Pubfii 



Rainer Undecided 

Luiee Rainer, Metro player who 
arrived from Europe last week, is 
staying in New York until she de- 
cides whether to appear in a picture 
or a legit. Several stage shows are 
on the fire. 

Miss Rainer has the right to ap- 
pear in an outride screen produc- 
tion before returning to the Metro 
lot 



Thoie Big Hats 



Clohimbus, Oct 31. 

Objections of local theatr« 
patrons to large women's hats 
have led to police Issuing an ul- 
timatum: Managers mu.st see to 
It that the women remove their' 
hat<;, or face arrest. 

Under an old city ordinance. it 
Is the responsibility of the man- 
agement rather than the patrons. 



LLOYD STARTS COL. 
PIC, TREE', IN JAN. 



Under his deal to mqke one picr 
ture for Coliunbia, 'Tree of Liberty,' 
Frank Lloyd plans starting it some- 
time in January. Understanding is 
that Lloyd may negotiate a possible 
renewal with Paramount thereafter. 

He recently completed 'Rulers of 
the Sea' for Par. Budgeted at $1,- 
100,000, he was forced over this 
amount, negative cost reaching near- 
ly $1,250,000. This was due, in part, 
to bad luck on weather plus purchase 
by Par of ships u.sed in the picture. 
Eventually Par will make the ships 
available for rental to other produ- 
cers at $1,500 a day. 



McNamee and U Reel 
To Work Out New Deal 



Graham McN.nmee, credited with 
being the highest-paid newsreel com- 
mentator, probably will be given a 
new deal by Universal newsreel 
when his present 3-year contract ex- 
pires around Dec. 31. He's been with 
U as narrator a little over 10 years. 

I/jwell Thomas and Edwin C. Hill 
are other name commentators em- 
ployed by the newsreels, working 
for Fox Movietone and News of the 
Day (Metro) respectively. McNaimec 
also does part of the narrating on 
Univei-sal shorts made in the east. 



4 Coast Cartoon Outfits To 
Vote Under NLRB Ruling 

Washington, Oct. 31. 

Elections among employees of four 
Hollywood animated cartoons pro- 
duction companies to determine 
whether they care to be represented 
by Screen Cartoon Guild will be 
called within the month by the Na- 
tional Labor Relations Board. 

Balloting will end a squabble over 
classifications of employees, in which 
employers have disagreed with the 
board as to which workers should be 
included or excluded from the units. 
Walter Lantz Productions, Loew's, 
Inc., Raymond Kalz Studio and Leon 
Schlesinger Productions ar; the out- 
fits involved. 

Chief squawk came from Schles- 
inger studio, which held that 47 em- 
ployees under individual contracts 
should be excluded. Opposite view 
was taken by NLRB. 

Board decreed that producer-di- 
rectors at Loew's should be kept out 
of the unaffiliated labor union, but 
cameramen allowed. Cell washers 
at all studios were deemed eligible 
and directors of all companies in- 
cluded by the board. 

Following were excluded, pursuant 
to an agreement between the S.C.G. 
and other interested unions: clerical 
and supervisory employees. labora- 
tory technicians, cartoon editors and 
their assistants, and' film librarians: 



Can't Stay Away 

Hollywood, <5ct. 31. 

After 35 years in retirement 
Queenie Vassar dons the grease 
paint again, this time as a film 
player in Gregory LaCava's produc- 
tion, 'Primrose Path,' at RKO. For- 
mer musical comedy star is Mrs. 
Joseph d^wthorne in private life. 

'Path' rolls tomorrow (Wed.) with 
only one co-star working. Joel Mc- 
Crea is busy at 20th-Fox, and pic- 
ture will be shot around him for 
about two weeks. 

Ginger Rogers works solo in the 
early scenes, 



S. Skouras on Coast 

Los Angeles, Oct 31. 
Spyros Skouras, prexy of Nation.^)! 
Theatres, is here from New York for 
product and operation conference 
with his brother, Charles P. Skou- 
ras, head of Fox West-Co<i.st Thea- 
tres. 

Meeting of all F-WC district man- 
agers has been called lor today 
(Tuesday). 



PAEITES' TEEK WEST 

E. Paul Phillips, in charge o( the 
Paramount real estate department; 
T. X. Jones, theatre accoimling 
executive, and Charles Burton, 
maintenance-construction head, left 
yesterday (Tues.) for Chicago to dis- 
cuss matters afl'ecling the situation 
locally. They will also contact Min- 
neapolis, headquarters of the Minne- 
sota Amus. Co. 

Phillips will go on from there to 
St Louis before returning east. 



The David Stoneham action against 
the old Faramount^PubliX' Enters 
prises, which was thrown out of N. Y. 
supreme court last Thuirsday (26) by 
Just ice Louis .A. 'V&lente, is import 
tant to the trade because its substan- 
tiates the type of financial statement" 
picture companies have been issuing. 
Legal lights also hold that it relieves 
individual directors from personal 
responsibility for flnahcial >tate- 
ments issued by the. company's sta- 
tistical departments. 

Stoneham, who Operates the Inter- 
state Theatres Co. of New . England, 
sued.Publix, Sam Katz, Sam Dem- 
bow, Jr., Felix E. Kahn, Ralph A. 
Kohn, Marion Moles and Frederick 
Metzler. Action was brou.Rht on the 
grounds of fraud, in the issuance of 
a fraudulent financial .statement of 
Publi.x Enterprises, which induced 
S'lOncham, he claimed, to sell his 
Empire theatre, Portland, Me., to 
Publix and to accept $120,000 notes 
for it These notes never were paid, 
because Publix Enterprises wciU into 
bankruptcy, he claimed. 

Stonehatn further claimed that the 
financial statement shown him by . 
Dembow. had omitted to .^how $36,- 
000,000 of contingent liabilities. Jack 
L. Kraus 2d represented Stoneham, 
and Louis Nizer appeared tor the 
director defendants. 

Attorney Nizer on cross-examina- 
tion of Stoneham made hirn Admit 
that the Empire was a losing theatre 
and that there was a default on the 
mortgage when he sold it He also 
pointed out that. Stoneham himself, 
in filing of certificate of condition In 
Massachu.setts, ■ as required by law, 
had omitted to show contingent lia- 
bilities such as Stoneham claimed 
Publix should have put in their state- 
ment 

In .Tn eight-hour cross-examination 
of William Broad, acrount:mt.of Peat, 
Marwick & Mitchell, accountancy 
firm, Nizer .emphasized that there 
were many' types of contingent liabil- 
ities which do not appear on the bal- 
ance, sheet. He forced Bi:oad to ad- 
mit that, in the case of contracts for 
employment, future salaries are not 
listed as contingent liabilities on 
financial statements; that rentals un- 
der a lease to come due in the future, 
and royalties under contracts are not 
listed as conligent liabilities. Nizer 
therefore contended there was . no 
fraud in the financial statement of 
Publix Enterprises and that Stone- 
ham had failed to prove any damage, 
I and that the action was brought in 
bad faith. 

Justice 'Valente dismissed the com- 
plaint at the end of the plaintiff's 
case, which had listed about lour 
days, not permitting it even to go to 
the jury. Jury and Valente heard 
the evidence. 

Stoneham is the !:ame man who Is 
suing S. A. Lynch, claiming he was 
Lynch's lawyer in the bankruptcy 
proceedings of Publix. 

$10,C0O Note Sult^vs. WB 

Federal Judge Samuel Mandel- 
baum in N. Y. Saturday (28) re- 
.scrved decision on application of 
Sylvia Cowans to examine SUnlcigh 
P. Friedman, of Warner Bro.-:., be- 
fore trial. This is in connection with 
her suit for $10,600, as a.<:.si.?nee of 
Kwality Pictures,' Inc., against Jack, 
Sam, Harry and Albert Warner. 
The judge, declared in reserving de- 
cision, that he would grant an ex- 
amination if he decided that the in- 
formation .sought did not deal with 
confidential matter belonging to 
Warners. 

The plaintiff claims that two 
checks dated Nov. 5, 1923, were 
never paid. Warners a.s.-iert they 
were. paid, and also claim the statute 
of limitations has run out, since the 
transaction occurred over 15 years 
ago. 

WB's Tax Suit 

Warners filed, suit in N. Y. Supreme 
court against the N. Y. City' Tax 
Commission seeking reduction from 
an assessment of $2.926;500, on three 
theatres to $1,666,000. They are the 
Warner theatre on Broadway, as- 
sessed at $750,000, which Warners 
claims should be $400,(kH); the second 
is the Hollywood theatre. 51sl and 
Broadway. a.ssessed at $1.1.50.000, WB 
claiming its value is $600,000; the 
last is the Warner warehouse at 617- 
027 West Mth street asses.<;ed 
$1,026,500, film company asserting the 
value to be $666,000. 

Dec. 4 is the date for « hearing on 
Warner.";' claim of over-assessment- 



Wednesday, NoveHil>er 1, 1939 



PICTURE GROSSES 



VARIETY t 



Dames and Action Gettiiui Chi Coin; 
Cagney-Vaude $41,000, A. B. Marcus 
Girls Hypo 'Men/ 'Thunder,' IIG 



Chicago, Oct. 31. 
Weather I3 just about perfect lor 
ihow business. U business is bad 
dt any house^thc only possible rea- 
aon 'ls the lack of wallop ol the at- 

*'^Act?on and dames are getting the 
coin this week, the first for 'Roar- 
int Twenties,' at Chicago, and sec- 
ond for A. B. Marcus unit, 011 stage 
of State-Lake. These figure as the 
two top money-scorers of the ses- 
sion, with the Marcus show repeat- 
ing the excellent com mark it 
•turned in on appearance two months 
ago. 

Garrick is going In for some ex- 
ploitative stuff currently ^ with 
%hen Germany Surrendered, an 
Indie flicker that ties in with the 
headlines. House is also beginning 
to stress its newsreel again, because 
of the readying of the town's Ilrjt 
100% newsreel house, which will 
open Dec. 15. At one time Balaban 
4: KaLz considered turning the Gar- 
rick into a newsreeler, but dropped 
the idea at the last minute. How- 
ever, with indie opposition coming 
Into town with a newsreel spot. 
B. & K. is building up a newsreel 
following for the Garrick in ac » 
vance. 

Palace holds over 'Fifth Ave. Girl.' 
tied in witli the Joe Cook unit on 
the stage as llie final vaude session 
for this RKO spot, which goes flrst- 
lun double features Friday (3). 
Estimates for This Week 
Apollo (B&K) (1,200; 3.S-55-65-75) 
—'Hollywood Cavalcade' (20th). 
Came in here for an additional loop 
try after a session in the Chicago. 
I,ook3 for around $4,000, mild. Last 
week, 'Rains Came' (20th), fair $5,- 
200 for loop h.o: 

Chlcaeo (B&K) (4.000; 35-55-75)— 
"Roaring Twentieit' (WB) and stage 
show. Okay medicine for the box- 
office, which means $32,000 cun-cnl- 
ly. Last week, 'Hollywood Caval- 
cade' (20th) and vaudc, disappointed 
•t mild $29,500. 

Garrick (B&K) (800; 35-55-65)— 
'Germany Surrendered' (Ru)e) and 
■Co-Ed' (M-G). On transient trade 
for war stuff looks for all right $5,- 
000. Last week, 'Television' (Par) 
and Troubles' (20th), managed fair 
enough $5,100. 

OrienUI (.Tones) (3.200 ; 25-40) — 
Tomorrow Comes' (U) and 'Under- 
Pup' (U), and vaude. Good com- 
bination adding up to satisfying $14.- 
000. Last week, 'Bachelor Mother' 
(RKO), 'Golden Boy' (Col), and 
vaude, turned in good $14,400. 

P«l»ce (RKO) (2,500; 35-55-05-75) 
—'Fifth Girl' (RKO) and Joe Cook 
unit on stage (2d wkl. Swan song 
for vaude here currently as house 
fallows with double feature policy. 
Winding up at weak pace for hold- 
over of picture and show to $11,- 
000, followin'j fine money session of 
$17,800 last week. 

BoosevcH (B&K) (1,500: 35-55-G5- 
75)— 'Thunder' (M-G). Marine ac- 
tion flicker gathering in the male 
trade and profitable $11,000. Last 
week, 'Feathers' (UA), finished 
fortnight's stay to neat $7,900. 

SUte-I^he (B&K) (2.700: 25-40)— 
"Lost Men' (Par) and A. B. Marcus 
unit on stage. Unit is what'.s get- 
ting the coin. Up above $17,500. 
which is a smashing take. Last week. 
Major Bowes' 'Anniversary' unit 
hypoed 'Miracles' (M-G) to excel- 
lent $14,500. 

tJnlted Artists (E&K-M-G) (1,700: 
35-55-65-75)— 'Babes Arms' (M-G) 
(3d wk). Looks for at least a 
month's stay here on strong pace, 
taking bright $11,000 currently after 
snagging brilliant $11,000 last week. 

CAGNEY-LANE NOISY 
$6,500 IN MEMPHIS 

Mem.phis, Oct. 31. 

Sudden cold snap brought tpwn 
out of doldrums this weekend. 
There's a jingle of coins along Main 
Street, most of it coming from the 
Warner, where Cagney and Priscilla 
Lane iu 'The Roaring Twenties' are 
plenty noisy. Picture got good 
notices and drew biggest Sabbath 
house theatre had in months. 

TJnder-Pup' is also keen tor a 
starlet's first. Malco Palace getting 
good play for Gloria Jean. Marx 
BT03. in '0ay at Circus' at Locw's 
rated sub-par by critics. Orpheimi, 
only vaude house, is minus stage 
attraction and dark for second weelc. 
Estimates for This Week 

loew's (Loew) (2,600; 10-30-40)— 
At Circus' (M-G). Opened slow 
out picking up to fair $5,000, about 
aj expected. Last week, 'Babes' 
(M-G), $8,600, socko. 

Wirncr's (Warner) (2,300; 10-30- 
<")— 'Roaring Twenties' (WB). Cag- 



ney-Lane punching toward swelegant 
$6,500. Last week, 'On Toes' (WB), 
$4,100. fair. 

Malco Palace (Lightman) (2,200; 
10-30-40)— 'Under- Pup' (U). Exploi- 
tation, plus plugs by local crix who 
junketed to Gloria Jean premiere 
at Scranton, pushing this to oke $5,- 
500. Last week, 'Disputed Passage' 
(Par), $4,700, mild. 

Orpheum (Cullins-Evaiis) (2,800; 
30-55) — Vaiide house dark second 
straight week. 

Strand (Lightman) (1,000; 10-20 
30) — 'Touchdown' (Par), 'Every- 
thing Ice' (RKO) and 'Law Pampas' 
(Pai'), split. C;ut up week three 
ways for maybe $2,000, good. Last 
week, 'Star Maker' (Par) (2d run), 
'Television Spy' (Par), and 'Rio' 
(RKO), $1,700, okay. 



MUSIC - MILLER 
SWEET $23,000 
1NN.G.PITT 



Pittsburgh, Oct. 31. 

Biz still isn't what it should be 
around here. Even top attractions 
of the year are falling below expec- 
tations. It's a peculiarity of Pitts 
burgh conditions that upturn in in- 
dustry isn't reflected at b.o. until 
several weeks later and, with steel 
mills going full blast for month now, 
boys are hoping that next fortnight 
will see the swing to the right. 

Alvin's topping the town with 'Mr. 
Smith' and getting great week, but 
still bit under original hopes. It'll 
stay second week,' however, and then 
will probably move to Senator for 
continuation of run. Heavy, rains 
at getaway held Glenn Miller, with 
'They Shall Have Music,' down at 
Stanley, but he's finishing strong and 
should turn in satisfactory figure,' if 
not the anticipated spectacular one. 
'Babes in Arms' went to Warner in- 
stead of staying second week at 
Penn and doing well there, while at 
Penn, 'Roaring Twenties' is running 
bit better than average. '20,000 Men 
a Year' getting nothing at Ful- 
ton and Senator's also pulling up 
lame with 'Mutiny in Big House' and 
'Torpedoed.' 

Estimates for This Week 

Alvin (Harris) (1.850; 25-35-50)— 
'Ml. Smith' (Col). Bullish raves for 
this one, with the crix calling it 
year's outstanding picture. Will be 
among house's biggest grossers, al- 
though swell $15,300 still isn't quite 
what management hoped Capra. click 
would do. Gets second week and 
Senator will likely pencil it in after 
that. Last week, second of 'Holly- 
wood Cavalcade' (20th), just fair at 
$5,000. 

Fulton (ShearHyde) (1.750; 25-40) 
—'20.000 Men' (20th). Won't get full 
week, management planning to pull 
it out Thur.sday niglit (2) after six 
days for English-made twin-bill 
horror program, 'Return of Frog' 
and 'Demon Barber of Fleet Street.' 
Looks like $2,500 this week, poor. 
Last week, 'Stop. Look (20th) and 
'Sherlock Holmes' (20lh), yanked 
after five days to awful $1,600. 

Penn (Locw's-UA) (3,300; 25-35- 
50) — 'Roaring Twenties' (WB). 
Crime cavalcade with Cagney will 
be just average gro.ssor when week's 
up. Heading for $13,500, not bad but 
not too good, cither. Sticks extra 
day and will run into world pre- 
miere Friday night (3) of 'Allegheny 
Uprising' (RKO). Last week; 'Babes 
Arms' (M-G), fell short of original 
estimate and finished at $20,000, not 
enough to rale planned second week 
here. 

Senator (Harris) (1,700; 25-40)— 
'Mutiny Big House' (Mono) and 
'Torpedoed' (Col). No interest in 
this twinner, public apparently get- 
ting just a little fed up with U-boat 
pix purporting to reflect today's 
headlines. Too many of them in a 
row. Not more than $1,700 in sight. 
Last week, second of 'U-Boat 29' 
(Col), just about the same. . 

Stanley (WB) (3,000; 25-40-60)— 
'Have Music' (UA) and Glenn Mill- 
er's orch. Picture hasn't been doing 
much aroimd here so Miller, hotter 
than a firecracker at moment, can 
take practically all of the credit. 
Got a bad break at opening when 
pouring rain kept downtown virtu- 
ally empty, but coming back strong 
and should finish around $23,000, all 
right. Last week. Ted Wccms and 
'Dancing Co-Ed' (M-G), hit the tape 



First RuDS oa Broadway 

(Subject to Change') 

Week of Nov. 2 
Astor- 'Goodbye Mr. ■ Chips' 

(M-G) (25th wk.). 
Capitol — 'Babes in Arms' 

(M-G) (3d wk.). 
Criterion— 'Whipsaw' (M-G) 

(revival) (1). 

Globe— Beware Spooks' (Col). 
(Reulewed in VAHiBiy, Oct. 25) 

Music Hail- 'Mr. Smith Goes 
to Washington' (Col) (3d wk.). 

Palace — 'Escape' (20th). 

Paramount — 'D i s p u t e d Pas- 
sage' (Par) (2d wk.). 

RIalto — 'One Hour to Live' 
(U) (3). 

Rivoli— 'Jamaica Inn' (Par) 
(4th wk.). 

Koxy — 'Drums Along the Mo- 
hawk' (20th) (3). 

Strand— 'Dress Parade' (WB) 
(2d wk.). 

Week of Nov. 9 

Astor — 'Goodbye Mr. Chips' 
(M-G) (2Gth wk.). 

Capitol — 'Dancing Co-ed' 
(M-G). 

(Reviewed in VAtiiEry, Sept. 27) 
Music Hall— N i n o t c h k a ' 
(M-G). 

Paramount — 'Rulers of t he 
Sea' (Par) (8). 
(Revietued in Vabictv Sept. 20) 
R:aHo — 'Call a Messenger' (U) 
- (10). 

Kivoll— 'First Love' (U) (8). 

Boxy — 'Drums. Along the 
Mohawk' (20th) (2d wk.). 

Strand — 'Roaring Twenties* 
(WB) (10). 

(Reviewed in VAHiEiir Oct. 25) 



fast and bettered estimate at $18,000, 
Warner (WB) (2,000; 25-35-50)— 
'Babes Arms' (M-G). Moved here 
after big week at Penn and has 
plenty stuff left. Around $8,700 
looked for and a chance of better 
ing that; in which event picture 
might rate the nod for another week 
at this spot. Last week, 'Fast, Furl 
ous' (M-G) and 'Blue Grass' (WB), 
woefully weak at $3,200. 



N. Y. Fair Ends; 'Passage' with Dick 



And Ted Powefl OK $49,1 
Big 95G li 'Dress Parade'-Kemp 25G 



'ROARING 20'S' 
NICE $5,000 
INL'VILLE 



Louisville, Oct. 31. 
Biz is pretty evenly divided among 
the first-runs this week, 'Mr. Smith 
Goes to Washington' shaping up as 
the top-flight b.o. draw. 'Babes in 
Arms,' at Brown, is swell on move- 
over. On other screens, product 
points to alright returns and, with 
cooler weather to give 'em a break, 
there should be no complaints cur- 
rently. 

Ko standout football games in this 
territory over the weekend, which 
was in pic houses' favor. 

Eslimales for This Week 

Brown (Loew's-Fourth Avenue) 
(1,000; 15-30-40) — 'Babes Arms' 
(M-G) and 'Scandal Sheet' Col).- 
Moveover. from Locw's. Excellent 
draw from the younger crowd help- 
ing this pair to shape up for record 
$3,800. Last week, 'Hollywood Cav- 
alcade' (20th) and 'Pack Up Troubles' 
(20th), okay $1,800. 

Kentucky (Switow) (900; 15-25)— 
'Livingstone' (20th) and 'Scandal 
Sheet' (Col). Catching fairish trade, 
and average $1,600 indicated. Last 
week, 'Tomorrow Comes' (U) and 
'Hotel Women' (20th), split with 
'News Made Night' (20th) and 'Lead- 
ing Citizen' (Par), fine $1,900. 

Locw's State (Loew's) (3,100; 15- 
30-40)— 'Mr. Smith' (Col) and 'Grey 
Walls' Col). Strong buildup getting 
this one sweet returns. Heading for 
$10,000, big. Last week, 'Babe.; Arms' 
(M-G) and 'Scandal Sheet' (Col), de- 
livered socko $11,500. 

Mary Anderson (Lib.son) (1.000; 
15-30-40)— 'Roaring Twenties' (WB). 
Cagney-Priscilla Lane opus pulling 
nice trade. Will bo well on the black 
side at probable $5,000. Last week, 
'Submarine D-1' (WB) (reissue), 
fairish $3,000. 

RIalto (Fourth Avenue) (3.000; 15- 
30-40)— 'Nurse Cavcll' (RKO) and 
'Bookies Wept' (RKO). Although 
public interest in war news is at 
high pitch, this combo is getting only 
mild $-1.5()0^ Last week, 'Disputed 
Passage' (Par) and 'Television Spy' 
(Par), plus p.a. of John Howard. 
Olympe Bradna and J. Carroll Naish 
Saturday (21), got good $7,500. 

Strand (Fourth Avenue) (1,400; 
15-30-40)— 'Rio' (U) and 'Bright 
Boys' (U). Off to an early (Thurs- 
day) start and pointing 'lO fairly 
good $3,200. Last well:. 'Stranger' 
(20th) and 'Escap?' (20th), light 
$2,500. 



The Fair is over and managers are 
anxious to see what a difference it 
makes at the film boxofCices, if any. 
Experience during the past two 
months has been that weekend busi-. 
ness has been away over the normal 
of prior years, while Mondays have 
witnessed a big dip. Various other 
weekdays have also fluctuated a. lot. 
The impression in managerial circles 
is that while the Flushing Meadows 
expo has apparently helped, it has 
not been as startling as some ex- 
pected. Music Hall, a natural for 
the visiting firemen, has unquestion- 
ably benefited the most. Some of 
its weekends have been sensational 
in comparison with the level of busi- 
ness on other days. 

Nearing the blowoft. on Friday, 
Saturday and Sunday (27-28-29), the 
Fair played to around 1,000.000. 
Theatres did well on . those three 
days where the attractions had any 
pull at all. Out of school Friday 
(27), many of the town's kids went 
to shows instead of to the expo. 

Lone new bill of any consequence 
is 'Disputed Passage' and Dick 
Powell in person at the Paramount 
together with the Teddy Powell or- 
chestra, Frazee sisters and others, 
The first week, ending last night 
(Tues.), was a socko $49,000. Powell 
is credited with much of the draw. 
Holdover begins today (Wed.). 

Vieing strongly with the Par for 
the lion's share of the business is 
'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,' 
currently in its second powerful 
week at the Hall. It will round out 
the week at $95,000, following first 
seven days of $105,000, and tomor- 
row (Thurs.) begins a third. 

Another one-weeker is '20,000 Men 
a Year' at the big-seatcr "Roxy, 
where it is rubbing bottom; only 
around $25,000. House brings in 
'Drums Along Mohawk' Friday (3), 
to be followed by another buy 
from United Artists, 'Housekeeper's 
Daughter.' 

Under expectations in view of 
what it has done in other parts of 
the country but still over the house 
average at the Capitol is 'Babes in 
Arms.' It will get $30,000 or there- 
abouts this week (2d) and holds a 
third. The Laughton picture, 'Ja- 
maica Inn' is also off somewhat but 
still o.k. at $18,000 for the third week 
concluded last night (Tues.); Stays 
a fourth. 

Getting only $25,000 last week 
with 'On Your Toes' and Hal Kemp, 
but having latter's orchestra booked 
for three weeks, the Strand changed 
pictures Friday (27), substituting 'On 
Dress Parade. First day with new 
film perked but doubted if the same 
Agure, $25,000, will be topped. Bee 
Howell was added to the Kemp band 
Friday (27), also. 

State is off with 'Honeymoon m 
Bali' and a stage bill embracing 
Noble Sissle, Stroud Twins and Har- 
riet Hoctor. About . $18,000, mild, 
looks tops. 

Estimates for This Week 

Astor (1,012;- 25-40-55-65)— 'Mr. 
Chips' (M-G) (25th week). A run 
picture that has now passed the 
half-year mark, believed to be a rec- 
ord for any film on a consecutive 
basis, this English-made is a sensa- 
tional proftt-maker. The 24th week, 
ending Monday night (30), was $6,- 
000. End_pf..run Imminent. 

Capitol "(4,520; 25-35-55-05-$!. 25)— 
■Babes' (M-G) (2d week). Below 
the fond expectations nourished for 
it but okay and good profit at over 
$40,000 la.st week (1st) and a prob- 
able $30,000 or a shade better' on the 
holdover. Remains a third week. 

Criterion (I,C02: 25-40-55)— 'Call- 
ing All Marines* (Rep). Wound up 
a sad week last night (Tues.) at less 
than $5,000. Prior film. 'High Grey 
Walls' (Col), around $6,500. so-.so. 

Globe (1,700; 25-35-55)— 'Rio' (U). 
Doing only fairly, maybe $7,000. 
Last week, third for 'U-Boat 29' 
(Col), $6,500, good. 'Beware Spooks' 
(Col) opens tomorrow (Thurs.). 

Palace (1,700; 25-35-55)— 'Dust Be 
Destiny' (WB) (2d run) and 'Pack 
Up Troubles' (20th) (1st run). In- 
dications point to about $7,800, all 
right with this brace. Last week's 
doubleton, 'Espionage Agent' (WB) 
and 'Undcr-Pup' (U), both 2d run, 
$7,200. 

Paramount (3,C64: 25r35-55-88-99) 
— 'Disputed Passage' (Par) and, on 
stage, Dick Powell, Teddy Powell 
orch, Frazee Sisters. Incepts second 
week today (Wed.) after pounding 
through with fortitude to a nice 
$49,000 the first seven days. Last 
week, second for 'What a Life'. (Par) 
and Jimmy Durant'e-Russ Morgan 
ia-person combination, $25,000, get- 
ting by but not much more. 

Radio City Musle Hall (5,980; 40- 
C0-84-99-$1.65)— 'Mr. Smith' (Col) 
and stage show (2d week). A smash 
of the first-water and probably $95,- 
000 on the holdover, following a 
spicy $105,000 the first week. Re- 
mains a third. Few are held more 
than two here. 'Ninotchka' (M-G) 



opens Thursday (9), backed by a big 
campaign. 

Blalto (750; 2S-40-55)— "Legion of 
Lost Flyers' (U). Doing fairly, 
about $6,800. Last week the count- 
up was $6,000 for 'Witness Van- 
ishes' (U). 

Bivoli (2,092; 25-55-75-85-99)— 'Ja- 
maica Inn' (Par)' (4th week). Tees 
off on fourth week today (Wed.) 
after $18,()00 for the third week end- 
ing last night (Tues.) okay, and $26,- 
000, very sturdy, the prior (2d) stan- 
za. Though dipping $8,000 after the 
second week, with competition being 
what it is, the Lnughtcn picture is 
holding its own rather well. 

Roxy (5,836; 25-40-55-75)— '20,000 
Men' (20th) and stage show. No 
dice, only around $25,000 and out 
after one. week, to be followed Friday 
(3) by 'Drums Along Mohawk' 
(20th). Last week 'Hollywood Caval- 
cade' (20th) (2d wk) over $30,000, 
disappointing though profitable. 

State (3,450; 35-55-75)— 'Bali' (Par) 
(2d run), and Noble Sissle. Harriet 
Hoctor, Stroud Twins. 'Bali' is an- 
other picture that had three v/ecks 
at the Par 1st run, lessening its 
chances here, and doubtful of top- 
ping $18,000, not so good. Last week 
Golden. Boy' (Col) (2d run) and Ted 
Fio Rito, Wally Vernon and team of 
Raye and Naldi, $22,000. o.k. 

Strand (2,767 25-50-55-75-85-99)— 
'Dress Parade' (WB) (1st week) and 
Hal Kemp (2d week), Holdover of 
Kemp with new picture substituted 
means maintaining the prior week's 
pace at $25,000, but probably not bet- 
ter. This figure was drawn with 
Kemp on his first we ek, picture be- 
ing 'On Your Toes' (WB).* 'Parade* 
and Kemp hold over. 

Despite Tough 
Opposish, 'Beau 
OKSUSOOiuDaC. 



Washington, Oct. 31. 

Dizziest weekend in years, appears 
to be paying off to at least the big- 
gest mainstemmers, with Eddie Can- 
tor's stage unit grabbing press space 
by the yard as comic cavorts in and 
out of White House, Capitol Hill, 
Federal Bureau of Investigation, 
Y. M. C. A., and anything else with 
a news angle. Pic at Capitol; 'Fast 
and Furious,' isnt hurting, but Can- 
tor is the draw that will lead the 
town by some $10,000. 

Earle, which is holding over *Mr. 
Smith' and complete stage bill, stood 
'cm up last week and is strong on 
the repeat. Political and newspaper 
experts are still rubbing their hurt 
feelings, but the public loves it. 'Beau 
Geste,' overshadowed by above two, 
is getting ok figure at Palace, ace 
straight pic spot, and "U-Boat 29' at 
Met is doing nicely on headline an- 
gle, but reissue of 'Road Back' took 
hefty panning from critics and is 
dying at Keith's. 

Angle that threw boys off their 
calculations this stanza was opening 
of every house on Thursday, except 
Earle, which held over. Marked first 
time in a decade that nothing bowed 
on Friday. Three Loew's spots have . 
permanently shifted to Thursday de- 
buts. Others were booking coinci- 
dences, although they are watching 
effect of change oh rivals and may 
follow suit 

Estimates for This Week 

Capitol (Loew) (3,434; 2S-35-40-6G) 
— 'Fast Furious' (M-G) and vaude. 
Pic pleasing, but: Eddie Cantor show 
drawing sock $30,000, Last week, 
'20,000 Men' (20th) and Ann Ruther- 
ford p.a., light $14,000. 

Colombia (Loew) (1.234; 25-40)— 
'Iron Mask' (UA) (2d run). Back 
after fair stay at Palace for passable 
$4,000. Last week. 'Women' (M-G) 
(2d run), fourth week on mainstem, 
.satisfying $4,000. 

Earle (WB) (2,216; 25-35-40-66)— 
'Mr. Smith' (Col) and vaude (2d 
week. Entire bill held over for 
swell $17,000. Last week walloped 
with $22,000. 

Keith's (RKO) (1,830; 35-55)— 'Road 
Back' (U) (reissue). Retouched ver- 
sion rapped by critics as just as bad 
as ever. Comes out tomorrow (1) 
with six days at floppo $4,000. Last 
week, 'Rio' (U), dull $5,500. 

Met (WB) (1,600 25-40»— 'U-Boat 
29' (Cpl). Timeliness helping arty 
draw strong $6,000. Last week, 
'Touchdown' (Par), good $5,000. 

Palace (Loew) (2.242; 35-55)— 
'Beau- Geste' .(Par). Overshadowed 
by 'Mr. Smith' and Cantor, but will 
see oke $13,500. Last week. 'Rains 
Came' (20th) (2d wk), solid $8,500. 



8 



VARIETY 



EXPLOITATION 



Wednesday, November 1, 1939 



FILM SHOWMANSHIP 



42d St Indies Going 
Berserk in Blatancy 
And Deceptive Bally. 



New outburst of blatant and often 
misleading lobby and marquee ad- 
vertising by film theatres of. West 
42nd street, off Broadwa:*, again calls 
industry attention to the 'Coney Is- 
land of the picture business.' Type 
Oi alleged deception ranges from du- 
plicate or second titles, totally unlike 
the original, to wording that deviates 
flatly from the (ruth or features the. 
sex angle out of proportion to what 
is .ihown on the screen. 

Because more theatres in this 42nd 
Sti'eet area now are securing major 
company product, some control can 
be exerted, but on the vast number 
of films there is no patrpling or in- 
specting of lobbies, because nobody 
wants any part of it. 



U-BOAT 29' CASHES IN 
HEAVILY IN CANADA 



Winnipeg, Oct. 31. 

With the sinking of HMS Hoyal 
Oak at Scapa Flow coming' only a 
few days previous to opening, Don 
Gauld, of the Metropolitan, put on 
heavy exploitation for 'U-Boat 29,' 
which shows the battleship. Cam- 
paign included special window dis- 
plays in the downtown area, while 
heralds, posters, etc., were liberally 
scattered through military and naval 
headquarters around town. News- 
paper ads and radio plugs com- 
pleted the boost. 

Newspaper ads carried copies of 
the headlines from two local dailies 
telling of the Royal Oak sinking. 
•Same ads brought requests from 
other cities and towns yet to play 
the picture. A further tieup with 
the newspapers had a special bulle- 
tin board outside the theatre. This 
wag serviced three and four times 
daily from the city desks of the 
dailies with art work and Canadian 
Press flashes. An eye was kept on 
copy to keep it mostly down to 
naval material. 

Window displays were effective 
with use being made of models of 
destroyers iand sub chasers. Took 
a little trouble finding makers of 
such models but was worth it from 
number of people it stopped. Win- 
dow cards and 20,000 heralds were 
scattered and spotted around the 
town with special care being taken 
in regions of military and naval 
concentrations. Added to this 
Gauld also wrote personal letters to 
all officers commanding regiments 
In the Winnipeg district, pointing 
out the timeliness of the picture and 
offering to reserve special blocks of 
seats for all military groups wish- 
ing to attend the picture. 

Papers cooperated further by 
running clips from picture showing 
film version of sinking of Royal 
Oak along with mention of pic- 
ture. 



'Cavell' Takes Mercy 
Message to Hospital 



Reading, Oct. 31. 
C. G. Keeney, manager of the 
Park, scored heavily on advance 
freo publicity for 'Edith Cavell' 
(RKO), showing the picture, before 
Its opening at his theatre, in the 
hall of. St Joseph's Hospital for the 
nurses and hospital attaches. A war 
veteran, totally disabled in that hos- 
pital since the end of the World 
War, who was brought to the pre- 
view was Gerber Schafer,' whose 
services in various welfare move- 
ments have brought him nationwide 
prominence. 



Bv John C. Hinn 



Hot Time in N. C. When 
Local Boy Comes Home 

The two theatres where Kay 
Kyser's first picture, "That's Right, 
You're Wrong,' will be world 
preemed in Rocky Mount, N. C, 
bandleader's hometowni Nov. 15, 
have been sold out and $4,000 has 
already come in for the dance that 
Kyser will play in a tobacco grow- 
er's warehouse there that night. 
Proceeds of the dance go to local 
charities. 

The RKO picture with Kyseir will 
be generally released Nov. 24. 
Company has an option on the band 
lor a second feature. . ' 



Talk in the lobby of the 'Greenbrier, afWhile Sul- 
phur Springs, was on the topic of m**.ion pictiu-cs, the 
hits, the flops, the sales' policies oi the various dis- 
tributing companies, the anti-trust suits against the 
majors and several strong independent theatre chains; 
about the declining drawing power of some of the 
long-established stars, and the promising careers of 
some of the younger players, about double bills, cash 
nights flnd giveaways; in fact, moving from group to 
group, one heard lively debate and discussion of nearly 
every film subject imaginable. 

Reason for the meeting of theatre operators, who are 
presidents of various sectional exhibitor organizations, 
was the annual assembly of the directors of the Motion 
Picture Theatre Owners of America. The board con- 
sists of 26 members. There were 21 present, best rep- 
resentation of any such meeting, and they came from 
every part of the country for a two-day gabfest about 
film biz. There was routine business to be disposed 
of, the reelection of Ed Kuykendall, as president, along 
with the present officers, and other organization mat- 
ters, quickly moved, seconded' and unanimously passed. 

These theatre men, some of them heads of important 
exhibiting chains, were attracted to thie meeting be- 
cause, as one of them put it, 'There must be some an- 
swer to present film trade problems.' That is why, 
after a long day session, they passed up. the entertain- 
ment program and returned to conference until nearly 
midnight. And held to the same schedule the second 
and final day. 

They are filled with anxiety about the picture busi- 
ness; about the impending passage of the Neely bill, 
which will be taken up by the House when Congress 
reconvenes in regular session after January 1; about 
the ability of Hollywood producers to maintain a high 
standard of production in the face of declining over- 
seas' film rentals as result of the European war; about 
the chaotic . slate of distributor-exhibitor relations, 
which exploded last summer when the Department of 
Justice put the finger on a uniform trade practice code; 
and about the reports from State capitals and City 
Halls that the film biz will have to kick in with sundry 
types and kinds of taxes. 

There was a lot in the discusion that was rehash and 
conversational turnover from innumerable former ex- 
hibitor meetings, but there also were some new angles, 
chief of which was unmistakable evidence for the first 
time at one of these gatherings, that the theatremen 
at last had made up their own minds to tackle their 
particular problems in their own way and behalf, and 
the program of watchful waiting, begging and plead- 
ing .with producer-distributors was all washed up. 
MPTOA has made up its mind to stop asking, and 
start demanding. And If there is any misunderstand- 
ing as to whether that Is not the policy, some of the 
strongest members of the board of directors, in private 
conversation, declare themselves ready to call for a 
showdown. " 

EXHIBS WEAAT OF IT AIL 

In the first place, exhibitors are slightly weary over 
the industry setup, to which they attribute their rather 
undignified role of being patsy for every rambunctious 
legislative program and every Intra-industry move and 
manipulation, which reverberate like a Grand Canyon 
echo at theatre boxofflces. They are sore about 
the bad publicity which the business is getting as a 
result of Hollywood's 'economy' splurge. They say the 
customers already are jumping down their necks about 
'cheap pictures,' although current attractions were 
produced months ago, long before Herr Hitler started 
cutting up. They say the Hollywood gossip columns 
which are syndicated in their newspapers, and the 
radio chatterers with their matrimonial scoops and 
blessedeventlng, are tearing down all dignity in the 



business and alienating from theatre sujiport the be.st 
local groups and individuals whose cooperation is es- 
sential to the conduct of any successful enterprise. 

They are burning up over the failure, refusal and 
plain cusscdness of some of the larger distributing 
companies in denying exhibitors the concessions of can- 
cellations and privileges to which the same distributors 
subscribed in all discussions lending to the drafting of 
the trade practice code. - And most irritating of all, 
they discover, as they talk over sales policies among 
themselves, that several major distributors have fiex- 
Ible rules of exchange operations, doing business one 
way in the east, another in the west, and still another 
in the south. 

In short, they are asking themselves why, as theatre- 
men with the responsibilities of millions of dollars in 
theatre properties, with the obligation of showhianship 
which brings in the wherewithal from which film rent- 
als are subtracted, they shouldn't change around the 
order of things in the film Industry and play captain 
for a little while? 

WANT A SAT FOR A CHANGE 

It was Intereisting and absorbing conversation, but a 
listener couldn't refrain from the silent comment that 
most of the exhibitor peeve is due primarily to the 
prevailing producer-distributor attitude which has per^ 
niitted much Ignorance of the production problerri. 
Hollywood has gone along for years without any con- 
sistent and intelligent effort to acquaint the great body 
of exhibitors with accurate, authentic and essential 
information about picture making. 

Such statements, as film company executives have 
disseminated through the trade, have been confined, 
for the most part,' to flamboyant publicity that (in the 
particular executive's opinion) some picture set for 
early release, which he has just had the honor and 
privilege of viewing, is without doubt the biggest 
smash hit of the season. No studio ever has extended 
a welcome invitation to exhibitor groups to visit Hol- 
lywood with sufficient frequency to Inform theatremen 
of the complex problems of filming. Correspondence 
between producers and their customers, who operate 
theatres, is about as cordial as a Western Front com- 
munique. 

That is why, at the present moment, producers and 
their distributing organizations are having such a dif- 
ficult time trying to get over the idea that the Amer- 
ican theatre operator may have to change his exhibit- 
ing policies in order to meet the added requirements 
of greater domestic income to match the diminishing 
foreign film rentals. Most exhibitors, and this goes for 
some who have been in the business for years, believe 
the dip in foreign receipts is being used as a gag to 
get higher film domestic rentals. There Is amazhig 
lack of understanding about the actual situation, and 
no one should be shocked at the fact, because the 
groundwork of real cooperation and mutual coordina- 
tion always has been slighted and passed over as one 
of the non-essentials. Film business has been such a 
bonanza that it has been able to absorb these deficien- 
cies which in many other commercial setups are re- 
garded as fundamental. 

'Tisn't so bad that It couldn't be worse — or a whole 
lot better. Under the surface of these most recent 
exhibitor discussions Is a most constructive program. 
Theatremen are beginning to see themselves In the 
full stature of their Importance to each other, and the 
industry. In numbers, in showmanship experience 
and. in ability to handle public relations they are pos- 
sessed of the full and complete equipment. They are 
turning their attention to the Inner-workings of the 
business itsell In that direction they will find the 
answers. 



Albany's Mayor Issues 
'Drums' Proclamation 



Albany, Oct. 31. 

Proclamation by Mayor John Boyd 
Thachcr designating Thursday (2) as 
'Drums Along the Mohawk' day, In 
recognition of the screening, at the 
Palace, will give Albany its first 
film world premiere. 

Arleen Whelan, Joan Davis and 
Lynn Bari from the studio, and Gov- 
ernor Lehman and staff will attend. 
Broadcast from theatre lobby, and a 
dinner for special guests at DeWitt 
Clinton hotel, are part of the drum 
beating for the affair. 

Coast visitors will be taken under 
a police-automobile escort to Sche- 
nectady, Amsterdam, GloversvIUe 
and Utica for p.a.'s at Proctor's, the 
RIalto, the Glove and the Olympic, 
respectively. 

In his five-paragraph proclamation, 
Mayor Thacher emphasized that the 
locale of 'Drums,' by Walter D. Ed- 
monds, is Albany and the Mohawk 
Valley. James F. Ronin,'pre2 of C. 
& C, has asked merchants to fly Old 
Glory Thursday. Lou Golding, Far 
bian division manager; Alex Saylcs, 
Palace manager, and Moe Grass- 
green, 20th Century-Fox branch 
manager, are local ^i>^ngees. 

TUEN SUB LOOSE 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. 

Public interest In undersea war- 
fare caused Warners to reissue 'Suh- 
marine D-1.' 

Picture was made for .Cosmopoli- 
tan release In 1937. 



ADD: SEALS 



Now Good Housekeeping Will Put 
Its Stamp on Shorts 



Good Housekeeping mag Is mov- 
ing into the picture field and will 
'approve' short subjects which It be- 
lieves are worthy. The mag may 
later extend itself to features. 

Good Housekeeping is setting up 
a board of 25 reviewers from vari- 
ous ranks and professions for cross- 
section reaction. The board meets 
for the first time Nov. 8 to look over 
shorts and will pick only the above 
average. 



Theatre Cashing in On 
Film Quiz Program 



Pittsburgh, Oct. 31. 
New quiz-cash show on WWSW 
booming Friday night grosses at 
WB's Enrlght theatre, where the 
show originates every week. Ama- 
teur nite lure lined Enrlght pockets 
couple of years ago but new stunt 
is doubling the expectancy since it's 
also of film Interest. Program's called 
'Who's the Star,' and number of 
clues are presented with the idea to 
name the actor or actress being dis- 
cussed. It's another version of Bank 
Night, with the dough going into a 
jackpot when a contestant muffs the 
answer. 

Show Is Walt' Framer's Idea and 
he's doing the quizzing, assisted by 
two announcers in the audience. 
Delle Glllls, Walt Sickles and How- 
ard Baum's band, featuring Jean 
Boaz, are- also on the program. 



Rio, Buenos Aires To 
Hear 'Oz on Short Waves 



Schenectady, Oct. 31. 

General Electric Company and 
M-G-M are cqoperatlng on a half- 
hour exploitation, via short wave in 
Portuguese and Spianish, of 'The 
Wizard of Oz,' broadcasts being 
scheduled for Nov. 16, day before 
Latin versions of film have premieres 
In Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. 
Recordings of songs and dialogue 
will be included, as well as an ac- 
count of the casting and production 
of 'Wizard.' WGEA, beamed on Rio, 
will carry the Portuguese program. 

Zacharias Yachonelli, well known 
Brazil picture comedian, does Frank 
Morgan's role in the transcriptions, 
while Cesar Ladeira, program man- 
ager of a Rio radio station, handles 
the emcee chores. Romulado Tirado 
has the title role In the Spanish- 
language program, to be aired over 
WGEO. The latter Is beamed on 
Buenos Aires. 



Pitt Goes Overboard 
InBallybooforRKO's 
'Allegheny Uprising* 

Pittsburgh, Oct. 31. 
Festivities surrounding world 
preem of RKO's 'Allegheny Upris- 
ing' here this, week-end have grown 
from a one-night stand to three-day 
program. Affair is being sponsored 
by Allegheny Centennial Committee 
of One Hundred, which is using the 
opening to climax lOOth anniversary 
celebration of City of Allegheny, 
which Is now North Side of Pitts- 
burgh proper. City council voted 
$2,500 to committee to be. shelled 
out as It saw fit in connection with 
the event. 

Tlx for opening night at Pcnn 
Friday . (3) are bringing $2.50 and 
practically a sell-out already. Big 
dinner for 700 civic leaders honor- 
ing Claire Trevor, star of picture, 
and Mayor Cornelius D. Scull.v, who 
heads Centennial group, in William 
Penn hotel's Chatterbox will precede 
premiere. TIeups have been ar- 
ranged with nine Pittsburgh depart- 
ment stores, one of which will hold 
a tea for Miss Trevor under auspices 
of local chapter of DAR. 

Networfi broadcast over NBC blue 
via KDKA will take place from 
stage of Penn, with Miss Trevor and 
group of local actors doing several 
scenes from the script. Original 
score used In 'Uprising' will . be 
played by Maurice Spitalny's band. 
In addition, several lobbv broad* 
casts will be staged by WWSW. In 
addition, KDKA, which will dedicate 
new transmitter same week-end. is 
pushing preem through newest and 
oldest forms of transmission, latter 
being reflected in Indian stuff used 
In picture. 

Practically entire downtown area 
is being roped off night of preem for 
16-block long parade which will be 
carried off In ox-team motif. P. J, 
Wolfson, who produced 'Uprising,' 
will also represent studio, and Neil 
Swanson, who authored 'First Rebel,' 
from which screen play was fashr 
ioned. is coming up from Baltimore 
for the affair. Swan at one time 
was m.e. of Pittsburgh Prcs.'i. 

Details are being handled by 
Charlie Kurtzman, manager of Penn; 
Joe Feldman and Jim Toteman, of 
WB publicity staff; and Carl Rigrod 
and Lou Allemann, special RKO 
reps, who have been In town for 10 
days preparing releases and tie-ups. 
Festivities will get under way 
Thursday (2) and continue through- 
Saturday and RKO studio plans to 
send on number of additional pic- 
ture names from Coa.st to augment 
Mi.<;s- Trevor's appearances. S. Bar- 
rett McCormick now in Hollywood 
arranging studio leaves for other 
players. 

Original plan to bring in crix 
from out-of-town has been dropped 
and instead only syndicate writers 
and special columnists from the east 
will come in. 



Gazzolo Actively Back 



Chicago, Oct. 31. 

Frank A. P. Gazzolo, one of the 
famed theatre operators in Chicago 
in the early years of the century, has 
returned to active participation in 
local show biz with his son Dudley 
taking back control of the westside 
Imperial. 

Theatre formerly a key vaudfllm 
house, will be operated under a 
straight film policy. In his day the 
elder Gazzolo operated both -vaude 
and legit theatres In Chicago. 



PHILLY GETS FIRST 
LOOK AT QUEEN BESS 



Philadelphia, Oct. 31. 

World orcmicr of 'The Private 
Lives of Elizabeth and Essex* (WB), 
technicolor feature co-starring Bette 
Davis and Errol.Flynn, takes place 
tomorrow ni.i;ht (1) at the Boyd. 

First gun of the cambaign was 
placing special trailers pilugging up 
the premiere angle in all Warner 
theatres in the territory. Certain 
key houses of the chain ran the regu- 
lar trailer on the feature. 

Serie.s of screenings were held for 
executives of the. Motion Picture 
Forum and the Motion Picture Com- 
mittee of the Federation of women's 
Clubs as well as for the Superinten- 
dent of the Department of Visual 
Education, principals of schools and 
teachers, radio commentators and 
newspaper- writers. 

On the radio, spot announcements 
were taken on seven stations, week 
in advance of opening. 



WB's 'Racket Busters* 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. • 
Warners Is launching a new series 
of law enforcenient shorts under the 
title of 'Racket Busters.' 

Shooting starts In mid-December 
with Gordon Hollingshead supervis- 
ing. 



Vednesilaj, November 1, 1939 



PICTURE GROSSES 



VARIETY 



Philly Looks Up; 'Roaring 20V Fme 
$19,000, W Excellent $15,200 



Philadelphia, Oct. 31, 
A steady upturn continues in 
downtown Philly houses this week, 
•with even the Aldihe beginning to 
exhibit, signs of life with 'Real 
Cloi-y.' 

'Kid Nightingale' plus Jimmie 
Lunceford's orch at the Earle is 
grossing ahead ct expectations, but 
running way behind the terrific $31,- 
21)0 chalked tip by Glenn Miller's 
cicw and 'Pack Up Troubles' last 
■week. Miller's first appearance here 
since he hit the big time was only 
ie.-is than a grand behind the all-time 
hish tor bands set by Benny Good- 
man two seasons ago. 

•Roaiin? TweAties* is showing 
plenty of strength at the Fox, Ditto 
%abes in Arms,' which is grossing 
heavily in ils fourth stanza— record 
h.o. lor the year. 

Estimates tor This Week 

.tidlne (WB) (1,303; 32-42-57 >^ 
'Real Giory' (UA). Cooper's name 
is magic, and neat $15,200 looms. 
Last week 'Eternally Yours' (UA), 
niediocre $7,100 for second turn. 

Boyd (WB) (2,350; 32-42-57)— 
•Babes Arms' (M-G) (4th wk). Nifty 
$9,000 for only four days of the 
fourth stanza. Pulled to make way 
tor world premiere of 'Elizabeth 
and Esse.x' (WB) tomorrow (Wed.). 
Last week swell $13,500 for third 

(WB) (32-42-57-68)— 'Kid 
Nightingale' (WB) and Jimmie 
I Lunceford's orch. Profitable $22,300 
for this combo. Last week, super- 
forte $31,200 set up by Glenn Mil- 
lers orch. and 'Pack Troubles' (20th). 

Fox (WB) (32-42-57)— 'Roaring 
Twenties' (WB), Nice words by 
criK and word-of-moiith is building 
this one up to big $19,000. 'On Toes' 
(WBi last week was fairish $15,700. 

Karlton (WB) (1,066; 32-42-57)— 
•On Toes' (WB) (2d run). Even 
■worse than opener with poor $3,30.0. 
Last week' 'Beau Geste' (Par), got 
fair $3,800 for third run downtown. 

KeUU's (WB) (1,870; 32-42-57)— 
'Hollywood Cavalcade' (20th) (2d 
run) (2d wk). Nothing to write 
home about with bare $3,000. First 
week brought $4,900, just about p^r. 

SUnley (WB) (2,916; 32-42-57)— 
'At Circus". (M-G) (2d wk). Is fail- 
ing to hold up, with only $10,000 
for second trip. Last week brought 
nice $16,000 for Marx Bros. 

Santon (WB) (1,457: 32,42-57)— 
'20,000 Men' (20lh). Mediocre $4,000 
for Ihis blood-and-thundcr thriller. 
Awa" under the strong $6,400 gar- 
nered by 'Thunder Afloat' (M-G) last 
week in second-run showing. 



SMITH' BULLISH 
$13,000 IN K.C. 



Kansas City, Oct. 31. 

Lineup of films is above average 
and without holdovers, but biz is 
highly centralized at the Midland, 
with 'Mr. Snulh Goes to Washing- 
ton" the reason. Film is playing 
double, as per house policy, but 
ringing up biggest numbers in weeks. 

"Disputed Passage.' at the New- 
man, looks for only a seven-day 
sUnd, as does 'Nurse Edith Cavell.' 
dualled at the Orpheum. '20,000 
Men.' day-and-dating at the Esquire 
and Uptown, is lightweight. 

Weather took a tumble out oC last 
week's biz, with some unscasonal 
neat in the high eighties, and then 
quickly chilled for the weekend. 
Estimates for This Week 

Esquire and Uptown (Fox Mid- 
west) (820 and 1,200); 10-25-40) — 
20.000 Men' (20th). Moved into 
both spots Thursday. Set for a 
week's run and only fair $6,000. Last 
week. 'Hollywood Cavalcade' (20th), 
second, won no medals with $5,000. 

.Midland (Loew's) (3,573; 10-25-40) 
—"Mr. Smith' (Col) and 'High Grey 
Walls" (Col). Film is highlighting 
the town and drawing bullish 
513.000. Last week, 'Babes Arms" 
<M-Oi and 'Scandal Sheet (Col), big 
$12,200. 

Newman (Paramount) (1,900; 10- 
25-40) — 'Disputed Passage' (Par). 
Urought in Wednesday after a sneak 
preview. Giving sajlisfactory account 
o( Itself at $6,500. Last week, 'Ja- 
maica Inn' (Par), made only light 
"inprossion at $5,000 

Orpheum (RKO) (1,500; 10-25-40) 
— Nurse Cavell' (RKO) arid 

Bookies Wept' (RKO), with Dionne 
ir rnn Timclincss helping; 

*u,o00 bettering average. Last week, 

Ansjels Wash Faces' (WB) and 'No 
Place Go" (WB), so-so $5,500, 

Tower (Jolfee) (2,050; 10-25)— 'Ha- 
waiian Nights' (U) and 'Black and 
White Revue 'on stage. Looks like 
«>1()U, good. Last week, 'Under- 
(U) film with 'Fall Frolics" 
slage presentation, $6,800, good. 



Key City Grosses 



Eslimaled ToUI Gross 
This Week $l,6}9,l«t 

(.Based on 27 cities, 183 thea- 
tres, chiejly first rum, tficludiiig 
N. Y.) 

Totjl Gross Same Week 

Last Year. $1,$14,7«« 

(Based on 26 cttteii, 176 theatres) 



RAYE- BOOKIES' 
LOUD $17,000 
INCINCY 



Cincinnati, Oct. 31. 

Mild . returns on fresh pics cur- 
rently, but socko personal pull of 
Martha Raye at the vaudflim Shu- 
bert has combo b.o. of ace houses 
even up with last week's generally 
okay mark. 

"Real Glory' is a fair tugger at the 
Albee. Palace has a bloomer in 
Marx Bros. 'Day at Circus.' Keith's 
also is down under with 'What a 
Life.' Hpldover;;. "Mr. Smith' and 
'Babes Arms.' are registering swell 
for the Capitol and Lyric. 

Miss Raye is magnetizing biz that 
ties the Shuberl's previous high for 
the sea.son. Screen has 'Bookies 
Wept.' 

Estimates for This Week 
Albee (RKO) (3.300; 35-42)— 'Real 
Glory' (UA). Fair $10..500. Last 
week, 'Mr. Smith' (Col), wham 
$17,000. 

Capitol (RKO) (2.00O: 35-42)— 'Mr. 
Smith' (Col). Transferred from 
Albee tor second week. Great $8,500. 
Last week. 'Babes Arms' (.M-G) (2d 
run), big $7,000. 

Family (RKO) (J.OOO; 15-25)— 
'Torpedoed' (Ind) and 'Crashing 
Through' (Morko). Be.st in months at 
$2,500. Last week. 'Dead Men Tales' 
(Ind) and 'Hawaiian Nighls' (U). 
split w/ith 'Night Work' (Par) and 
'Stunt Pilot' (Mono), average $2,000. 
. Keith's (Lisbon) (1,500: 35-42)— 
'What a Life' (Par). Sad $3,800. 
Ditto last week on 'Fast Furious' 
(M-G). 

Lyric (RKO) (1.400; 35-42)— 
'Babes Arm.s' (M-G) (3d run). Good 
$4,200. Last week, 'U-Boat 29' (Col), 
fairly good $5,000. 

Palace iRKO) (2,600; 35-42)— 'At 
Circus' (M-G). Poor $8,000. Last 
week, 'Eternally Yours' (UA), eight 
davs. fair $10,000. 

Shubert (RKO) (2.150: 40-60)— 
'Bookies Wept' (RKO) and Martha 
Raye starring singe show. Will hit 
$17,000 to match week in which 
Roche.'ster per.sonalled for high 
money of current combo policy. 
Last week. 'Full Contes.>(ion' (RKO) 
and Joe E. Biown unit, slowed down 
in last half for $10,000 take, season's 
lightest. 



Laughton, 7G, "Women' 
H.O. Ditto, Monti Winners 



Montreal. Oct. 31. 

Holdover of 'The Women' at Loew's 
currently will again lead the parade 
here and is pacing for excellent 
S7.000 after big $12,000 last week. 
Next in line is 'Jamaica Inn' at Pal- 
ace, which is sightin.g for good $7,000. 
Estimates for This Week 

Palace (CTi i2,700; 2,'i-45-55)— 
'Jamaica Inn' (Pan. Lauglilon star- 
rer sighting good $7,000. Last week, 
"Nurse Cavell' (RKO), good enough 
$6,500. 

Capitol (CT) (2.700: 25-45-55)— 
'Name Only' (RKO). Fair $5,000 in 
sight. La.'it week, repeat of 'Thun- 
der' (M-G) and 'Hawaiian Nights' 
(U). .<:0-.so $3,500. 

Ivoew's (CT) (2.800: 30-40-60)— 
'Women' (M-G) (2d wk ). Pacing for 
very good $7,000 after excellent $12,- 
000 )n.-;t week. 

Prince!!s iCT) (2,300: 25-.34-50)— 
'Rio' lU) and 'Here for Day' (Ui. 
Should gro.ss good $4,500. Last 
week. 'Espionage Agent" (WB) and 
'No Place to Go' (WB). good $4,000. 

Orpheum dnd") (1. 100: 25-40-50)— 
.'Real Glory' (UA). In line for very 
good $4..50b. Last week, fourth re- 
peat of 'Iron Mask' (UAi, so-so 
$1,500. 

Cinema de Paris (France-Film) 
(COO: 25-50)— 'Lnui.so' I8th wk i. Ex- 
pect fair Sl.OOO after good enough 
"1.200 last week. 

St. Denis (France-Film) (2.300; 25- 
35)— 'Chateau des Quatre Obeses" 
and 'RanhacI le Tatoue.' Hou.se re- 
ceipts clinibini.' weekly and should 
currently tct $6,000. very good. Last 
week. 'Feu de .Toie' and 'Le Ruis- 
st'iui," very nice $5,800, ' 



Teachers Boost Lincoln; 
Marx Bros. Good $3,500 

Lincoln, Oct. 31. 

School teachers convention made 
up for the out-of-town football game 
over the weekend. Varsity hit its 
best opening day since changing to 
an A policy early in the fall. Pic is 
'Eternally Yours.' 

Marx Bros, are doing well, and 
'Nurse. Cavell" is a better than aver- 
age prospect. 

Estimates for This Week 

Colonial (NTI-Noble-Monroe> 
(750; 10-15) — 'Crashing Through' 
(Crit) and 'Convict' (Rep), split with 
'Rookie Cop' (RKO) and 'Sky Patrol' 
(Mono). Fair enough $800. Last 
week, 'Mesquite Buckaroo' (Metrop) 
and 'Tidal Wave' (Rep), split with 
'Orphans' (Rep) and 'Timber Stam- 
pede' (RKO). $800. 

Liberty (NTI-N6ble-Federer) (1,- 
000; 10-20-25)— 'Big House' (Mono) 
and 'Saint London' (RKO). Fair 
$1,300. Last week, 'Old Maid' (WB), 
pretty good for h.o., $1,500. 

Lincoln (LTC-Cooper) (1,600; 10- 
20-25) — 'Blackmail' (M-G) and 
'Moto'S Warning' (20th), split with 
'Pack Troubles' (20th) and 'N. Y. 
Sleeps' (20th). Playing 10 days in 
all for only $3,300, light. Last week. 
All Quiet' (U), very nice $2,600. 

Nebraska (LTC-Cooper) (1,236: 10- 
25-40)— 'At Circus' (WB). Marx 
Bros, may hold up all the way to 
$3,500,..very good. Last week, 'Bali' 
(Par), nifty $3,800. 

Stuart (LTC-Cooper) (1.900; 10-25- 
35)— 'Nurse Cavell' (RKO). Being 
sensationalized in the ads and at- 
tracting some war-conscious for slow 
$3,300. Last week. 'Fast, Furious' 
(M-G), split with 'What Lite' (Par) 
for nine-day week, $3,800, n.g. 

Varsity (NTI-Noble-Federer> (1.- 
100; 10-25-35) — 'Eternally Yours' 
(UA). Doing spilTy $3,600 or better. 
Will definitely h.o. ■ Last week, 
'Have Music' (UA), $1,700, very poor. 

'BABES' SMASH 
$42,000 IN HUB 



'Smith' Smacks Over LA, 
'Toes' Back On Heels, Slim $7,900 
In 2 Spots, Marxes Tame $17, 



Broidway Grosses 

Estimated Total Gross 
This Week ............ $293,6M 

(Based on 12 theatres) 
Total Gross Same Week 

Last Tear $276,4n 

(Based on 12 theatres) 



BALTOHEALTHY; 
CAGNEY-LANE 
STRONG 12G 



Boston, Oct, 31. 

'Babes' in Arms' is flirting with a 
new record at the Orpheum and is 
also jamming the State, with pros- 
pects of a certain holdover at both 
stand.<:. 'Jamaica Inn,' at the Met, 
and 'Intermezzo,' at Memorial, are 
also doing socko biz, making the 
general picture here one of the 
brightest this season. 

'Mill on the Flos.s,' foreign flicker, 
will earn a holdover at the Fine 
Art'!, following three good weeks on 
'Port of Shadows,' which is now be- 
ing touted in New York as an 'Amer- 
ican premiere.' 

Keith-Boston reverts to three days 
of weekend vaude Friday (3) after 
two four-day vaude stanzas. 

Estimates lor This Week 

Boston (RKO) (3,200: 25-30-40)— 
'Tomorrow Comes' (U) (2d run), 
with vaude two days; 'The Frog' 
(20th) (1st run), with same vaude 
bill two days; and 'Name Only' 
(RKO) and 'Man Could Hang' (Col) 
(both 2d run), .dual, three days. 
Headed for about $8,000. uka.v. Last 
week, 'Code Streets' (U) and vaude | 
four days; and 'Asked for It' (U)l 
(1st run) and 'Coa.st Guard" (Col) 
(2d run), double. $8,700. good. 

Fenway (M&P) (1,332; 25- 35-40- 
55 )— 'Hollywood Cavalcade' (20th) 
and 'Nancy Drew' (WB) (both con- 
tinued run). In the better brackets 
around $6,500. Last week 'Dust 
Destiny' (WB) and 'Zenobia' (UA), 
tepid $5,000. 

Keith Memorial (RKO) (2.907: I 
25-35-40-55)— 'Intermezzo' (UA) and I 
'Underpup' (U), dual, seven days: 1 
and 'Intermezzo' and 'Three Sons" | 
(RKO), dual, three days. Heading 
for big $22,000, with an effective and 
different ad campaign figuring. Lat- 
ter combo will h.o. Last week (four ; 
days), holdover of 'Cavell' (RKO) : 
and 'Bookies Wept" (RKO), double,^ 
dandy $9,000. 

Metropolitan (M&P) (4,307: 25-35- 
40-55) — 'Jamaica Inn' (Pan and 
'Everything's Ice' (RKC)). Winner 
at $20,000. Last week 'Hollywood 
Cavalcade' (20th) and 'Nancy Drew' 
(WB), good $17,300. 

Orp°heum (Loew) (2,900; 25-35-40- 
55)— B'abes Arms' (M-G) and 'High 
Grey Walls' (Col). Will hit terrific 
$25,000, close to new record. Hold- 
over certain. Last week 'Have Mu- 
sic' (UA) and 'Dancing Co-Ed' (M-G) 
dual, satisfactory $13,800. 

Paramount (M&P) (1.797; 25-35- 
40-55)— 'Hollywood Cavalcade' (20lh) 
and 'Nancy Drew' (WB) (both con- ' 
tinued run). Will take around S8,- I 
500. dandy. Last week 'Dust Destiny' 
(WB) and 'Zenobia" (UA), double, 
$0,400, fair. 

Scollay (M&P) (2.538: 25-35-40- 
150)— 'Dust Destiny' (WB) and 
'Stranger' (20th) (both 2d rum. 
Around $4,500, pallid. Last ■ week 
'Rains Came" • (20thi and 'Stop. 
Look' (20th) (both. 2d run), okay 
$5,800. 

State (Loew)- (3,000; 25-35-40-.55) 
— 'Babes Arms' (M-G) and "Grey 
High Walls' (Col). Will tally around 
$17,000, very big. Last week 'Have 
Music' (UA) and 'Dancing Co-lid" 
(M-G), dual; $9,000, fair enough. 



Baltimore, Oct. 31. 

Nice run of film product is getting 
good b.o. returns. Combo Hipp, lay- 
ing it on extra heavy on stage with 
Woody Herman aiid Andrews Sisters 
bolstering 'The Days the Bookies 
Wept,' is setting a healthy ■ town- 
leading pace. 

'Roaring Twenties,' at the Stanley, 
supported by extra favorable reac- 
tion from local crix, is keeping the 
turnstiles revolving for best biz in 
weeks, and 'Disputed Passage,' at 
Keith's, is doing a simifar good turn. 
Estimates for Thl: Week 

Century (Loew's-UA) (3,000: 15- 
125-40)— 'Babes Arms' (M-G) (2d wk). 
Maintaining very steady pace to $10.- 
000 after bullish opening sesh to big 
$16,200. 

Hippodrome (Rappaporf) (2.205; 
15-25-35-40-55-66) — 'Bookies- Wept' 
(RKO) plus Woody Herman orch 
and Andrews Sisters. Leading town 
with strong $15,000. Last week 'U- 
Boat 29' (Coir plus vaude headed 
by Parkyakarkus, steady $13,300. 

Keith's (Schanbcrger) (2,406; 15- 
25-35-40)— 'Disputed Passage' (Par). 
Entering second week tomorrow 
(Wed.) after satisfying initial take 
of $10,000. 

New (Mechanic) (1,581; 15-25-35- 
55)— '20,000 Men' (20th). Receiving 
heavy buildup in local Hearst News- 
Post, but not much action at the 
b.o. Posible $3,500. Last week, .sec- 
ond of 'Hollywood Cavalcade' (20th), 
added steady $4,200 to nice $6,300 of 
opening round; both all right for this 
limited seater. 

Stanley (WB) (3.280; 15-25-35-40- 
.55 )— Roaring Twenties" (WB). Well 
received by crix and building in 
gratifying style to strong $12,000. 
Last week 'On Toes' (WB), failed to 
click at $5,300. 



'Circus,' $6,300, 'Eternally,' 
$6,000, Okay in Seattle 

Seattle, Oct. 31., 
After five weeks' experiment the 
ncwsrecl Blue Mouse gave up the 
•ghost. Hamrick-Evergrecn made the 
attempt with the 850-sealer. Biz 
started at fair level, but dwindled to 
around $1,400, which meant red ink. 
Scale was 15c at mats and 25c nights. 
B. M. now reverts to extended-run 
hou.se. 

'Babes in Arms' is great in second 
.stanza at Fifth; 'Women" is ending 
its run at the Music Box and 'On 
Your Toes' moves for second week 
into Roo.sevell. 'Eternally Your.s,' 
at Paramount" is pulling a good fig- 
ure. 

Estimates for This Week 

Blue Mouse (Hamrick-Evcrgreen) 
(850; 27-42)— "Hollywood Cavalcade' 
(20lh) and 'Death Champion' (Par). 
After two weeks at Paramount, 
gathering mild $1,800 here. Last 
week, nesvsrecl policy. 

Coliseum (Hamrick - Evergreen) 
(1,900; 21-32)— 'Oz' (M-G) and "Mag- 
nificent Fraud' (Par), first half, with 
"Oz' and Chasing Danger' (20th), sec- 
ond half. Likely $3,500, big. Last 
week, 'Frontier Marshal' (20th) and 
'Borrowed Time" (M-G), second run, 
fairish $2,200. 

Fifth Avenue (Hamrick - Ever- 
green i (2..349; 27-42)— -Babes Arrns" 
(M-G) and 'Television Spy' (Par) 
(2d wk). Indicate great $6,000 and 
moving to Music Box. Last week, 
same films, $11,300, magnificent. 

Liberty (J-vH) (1,650; 21-27-42)— 
'Real Glory' (UA) (.3d wk). Aiming 
for $4,000.- good. Last week, same 
film. $5,000, big. 

Music Box (Hamrick-Evcrgreen) 
(8.50; 27-42) — 'Women' (M-C) (5th 
wk). Looks like fair $1,700 for final 
session. Last week, same film. 
$3.1 OO; big. 

Orpheum (Hamrick --Bvergreen) 



Los Angeles, Oct. 31. 
Several new records are being 
hung up locally on current stanza, 
some bad, others terrific. 'Mr. Smith 
Goes to Washington' set new open- 
ing week record at both Pantages 
and RKO, where it grossed better 
than $36,000 on initial stanza, top- 
ping previous record-holder, *You 
Can't Take It with You,' another Co- 
lumbia film, by several hundred 
dollars; Other record is low total at 
Warners Downtown and Hollywood 
with 'On Your Toes,' wh'ire com- 
bined on week is less than $8,000, 

Unseasonable heat over weekend 
cut down attendance in some first- 
runs. Paramount is yanking 'Dis- 
puted Passage' after solo week, and 
Marx Bros., doing less than $18,000 
combined at State and Chinese. 
Estimates for This Week 
Carthay Circle (Fox) (1.518: 30- 
40-55)— 'Blackmail' (M-G) and "Fast 
Furious' (M-G) dual (2d week). 
Very ordinary $1,800. Last week. 
'Stranger' (20th) and 'Holmes' 
(20th), second week, okay $1,200. 

Chinese (Grauman-F-WC) (2,024: 
30-40-55-75)— 'At Circus' (M-G) and 
'Dancing Co-Ed' (M-G), dual! Weak 
$8,200 for Marx Bros. Last week, 
'Blackmail' (M-G) and 'Fast, Furi- 
ous' (M-G), $7,500. weak. 

Downtown (WB) (1,800; 30-40-55- 
65)— 'On Toes' (WB) and 'Torchy 
Dynamite* (WB). Zorina doesn't 
mean a thing at b.o. and house will 
be lucky to hit $3,500' Last week, 
'Real Glory' UA) and 'Waterfront* 
(WB), second week, very good $8,600 
Four Star (F-WC-UA) 'Hollywood 
Cavalcade (20th) (4th week). Two 
more weeks to go. then making way 
for Selznick's 'Intermezzo.' Looks 
like $2,700 currently after $4,200 last 
week. 

Hollywood (WB) (2,758; 30-40-55- 
65)— 'On Toes' (WB) and -Torchy 
Dynamite' (WB), dual. One of weak- 
est bills house has had in many 
months, with dismal $4,400 in sight. 
Last week, second stanza of 'Real 
Glory' (UA) and 'Waterfront' (WB), 
good $7,200. 

Orpheum (Bdwy.) (2.280; 30-40-55) 
—'Big Town Czar" (U) and 'Asked 
for It' (U), dual, and vaude. Slight 
improvement over previous week 
with around $6,700 indicated. Last 
week. 'Mickey Kid' (Rep) and 'Coast 
Guard' (Col), about $6,500, as esti- 
mated. 

Pantages (Pan) (2,812; 30-40-55)— 
'Mr. Smith' (Col) and 'High Grey 
Walls' (Col), dual. Best biz boule- 
vard house has had in long time with 
terrific $19,000. Last week, 'U-Boat 
29' (Col) and 'Rio' (U), okay $7,900. 

Paramount (Par) (3,595; 30-40-55) 
—'Disputed Passage' (Par) and stage 
show. Not as hot as anticipate!] so 
will have to be satisfied with around 
Sl.5,000. Last week, 'Bali' (Par), on 
holdover, brisk $14,000. 

RKO (2.872: 30-40-55)— 'Mr. Smith* 
(Col) and 'High Grey Walls' (Col), 
dual. Best since 'You Can't Take It 
with You' and big $17,000 indicated. 
Last week, 'U-Boaf (Col) and 'Rio* 
(U). profitable $8,000. 

Stote (Loew-Fox) (2,414; 30-40-55- 
75)— 'At Circus' (M-G) and 'Dancing 
Co-Ed' .(M-G), dual. Disappointing 
at $9,700 and not profitable. Last 
week, 'Blackmail' (M-G) and 'Fast, 
Furious (M-G), $10,200, n.g. 

United Artists (F-WC) (2.100; 30- 
40-55)— 'Babes Arms' (M-G) and 
'Chan Island' (20th) (2d week). 
Holdover on continued first run pop- 
ping for fair $2,500. after initial week 
finished with $5,000. 

Wllshlre (F-WC) (2,296; 30-40-55- 
65) — 'Babes Arms' (M-G) and 'Chan 
Island' (20th) (2d week). Should 
add another $4,100 to big $8,100 gar- 
nered on initial week. 



(2.C00: 27-42)— 'At Circas* (M-G) 
and 'Lost Men' (Par), anticipate big 
$0,300 for Marx Bros. film. Last 
week. 'All Quiet" (U) (reissue) and 
'Bookies Wept" (RKO), $6,200, ex- 
cellent. 

Palomar (Sterling) (1,350; 21-27- 
42)— 'Tropic Fury" (U) and 'Calling 
Marines' (Rep), dual, with Jimmie-- 
Gricr orch on stage. Indicate good 
$6,000. Last week, 'On Toes' (WB) 
and vaude; $5,100, okay. 

Paramount (Hamrick-Evergreen) 
(3.039; 27-42) — 'Eternally Yours' 
(UA) and 'Under-Pup' (U). Ex- 
pected good $6,000. Last week, 
"Hollywood Cavalcade"' (U) and 
'Death Champion' (Par), second 
week, $4,500, good. 

Roosevelt (Sterling) .(800; 27-42)— 
'On Toes' (WB). Moveover from 
Palomar indicates fair $2,200. La.?t 
week. 'Human Bondage' (RKO) (re- 
issue) and 'Submarine D-1' (WB) 
(reissues), $3,200, great. 

Winter Garden (Sterling) (800; 
16-32) 'Old Maid' (WB) and 'Million - 
Dollar Legs" (Par) (2d run). Look- 
ing for good $2,400. Last week, 
'Bachelor Mother" (RKO) and 'Lead- 
ing Citizen" (Par) (2d run), $2,100, 
good. • - • I . • ) 



10 



VARIETY 



PICTURE GROSSES 



Wednesdaj, November 1, 1939 



Mpls. Scraping New Bottoms; 'Babes' 
OK$12,000/Jeepers-VaudeN.G.5G 



Minneapolis, Oct. 31. 
Business is still very much on th^ 
downgrade and reaching toward all- 
time new October low levels. The 
single bright spot is 'Babes in Arms,' 
at the State, and even in this in- 
stance returns are not commensurate 
% ith the attraction's merits. An- 
other outstanding picture, 'Oust Be 
My Destiny,' Century offering, is not 
pulling as much patronage as it de- 
serves. 

Two pictures, 'They Shall Have 
Music' and 'When Tomorrow Comes,' 
go into their third weelt at the sure- 
seatcrs, World and Esquire, but the 
returns here, too, have been nothing 
tj write home about. 

There's less stage show opposition 
for the films this week, the Minne- 
sota alone playing vaude and doing 
none too. hot at that. However, 
there's legit 'Tobacco Road' at the 
Lyceum nnd roadshow burlesque at 
the Gayely. 

Half-year real est -.te property 
taxes are due this week and the 
scraping necessary to meet this pay- 
ment undoubtedly is throttling en- 
tertainment spending. But the main 
factor seems to be generally adverse 
conditions. 

Estimates for This Week 

Aster <Par-Singer) OC 15-25)— 
"Money Ring' (WB) and 'Hawaiian 
Nights' (U), dual first-runs, split 
with 'Scandal Sheet' (Col) and 'Hero 
Day' (U), also dual first-runs. Mild 
$1,200 indicated. Last week, 'Grey 
Walls' (Col) and 'Everything's Ice' 
(RKO), dual first-runs, split- with 
•Shipyard Sally' (20th) and 'No Place 
Go' (WB), .also dual first-runs, $1,400, 
tame. 

CentDry (Par-Singer) (25-35-40)— 
•Dust Destiny' (WB). Very well re- 
garded picture and Garfield a mag- 
net, but must hustle to reach fair 
$5,000. Last week, 'Old Maid' 
(WB) (2d wk), fair $4,000, Lfter good 
f7,500 first week at Orpheum. 

Esqaire (Gillman) (290; 25-35-40) 
—'Tomorrow Comes' (U) (3d wk). 
Can't hang on much longer. Pace 
looks good for $1,100. Last week, 
$1,200, pretty good. 

Gopher (Par-Singer) (998; 25)— 
•YoUr Troubles' (20th). Neither the 
Ritz Bros, nor Jane Withers mean 
much to loop boxoffices any more. 
Light $2,600 in prospect. Last week, 
•All Quiet' (U) (reissue), $4,200, very 
big. 

Granada (Par) (900; 25-35)— 'Beau 
Geste' (Par) split with 'Fifth Girl' 
(RKO). First neighborhood show- 
ings. Fair $1,800 indicated. Last 
week, 'Star Maker' (Par) split with 
•Name Only' (RKO), $2,000. fair. 

Minnesota (Mpls. Co.) (4,000; 20- 
30-40)— 'Jeepers Creepers' (Rep) and 
stage show. Boxoftice response to 
big bargain show very discouraging. 
Sledding is tough, past several weeks 
having been below par here as else- 
where. Must go some to reach light 
$5,000. Last week, $5,500, mild. 

Orphenm (Par-Singer) (2,800; "25- 
35-40) — 'Thunder Afloat' (M-G). 
Good and timely picture, but appar- 
ently not strong enough to overcome 
numerous handicaps. Reaching 
toward mild $5,000. Last week, 'Fast, 
Furious' (M-G) and stage show, in- 
cluding Blackstone and Marie Wil- 
son, $9,500, mild. 

SUte (Par-Singer) (2,300; 25-35- 
40)— 'Babes Arms' (M-G). Raves for 
this picture and it will run at least 
two weeks. In normal times un- 
doubtedly would pile up several 
grand more than currently in pros- 
pect, but healthy $12,000 is not to 
be sneezed at under present condi- 
tions. Last week, 'Hollywood Cav- 
alcade' (20th). $6,000 mild. 

World (Steffes) (350; 25-33-40-55) 
—'Have Music* (UA) (3d wk). Not 
getting play anticipated and soon 
will bow out. Should have gone 
like house afire in this spot. Mild 
$1,800 indicated. Last week, $2,200, 
disappointing. 



PROV. PERKS; mPUTED 
PASSAGE' GOOD $9,000 

Providence, Oct. 31. 

Sudden cold snap is helping b.o. 
and givinj! added impetus to better 
product.- 'Babes in Arms,' in second 
week at Lpew's State, is still a biggie 
after record-breaking opening stanza. 

Strand's 'Disputed Passage' is play- 
Jng to big biz, while 'AH Quiet' re- 
vival at RKO Albee proving sur- 
prisingly healthy. 

EstlmaUs for This Week 
Aibee (RKO) (2,300; 25-35-50) — 
•All Quiet' (U) (revival) and 'Way 
Down South' (RKO). Unpredict- 
able appeal for recent revivals hold- 
ing true for this one and helping 
spot to nice $5,600. Last week, 'Hu- 
man Bondage' (RKO) and *Ix>st 
Squadron' (RKO) (revivals), okay 
$5,400 in six-day run. 

Carltoo (Fay-Loew) (1,400; 25-35'- 
BO) — 'Submarine D-1' (WB) (re- 
issue) and 'Smashing Money Ring' 
(WB) (2d wk). Failure of 'On Toes' 
to draw caused switch to 'Submarine 
D-1' for Carlton carry-over. So-so 
$2,500 slated. Last week, 'Hollywood 



Cavalcade' (20th) (2d run), nice 
$3,500. 

Fay's (Indie) (2,000; 25-35-40) — 
'City in Darkness' (20lh) and vaude. 
Paced at fairish $5,800. Last week. 
'Barbed Wire Fence' (20th) and 
vaude, average $6,200. 

Majestic (Fay) (2,200; 25-35-50)— 
'20,000 Men' (20th) and 'Pride Blue 
Grass' (WB). Slated for poor $5,000. 
Last week. 'On Toes' (WB) and 
'Smashing Money Ring' (WB), dis- 
appointing $5,500. 

State (Loew) (3,200; 25-3S-50) — 
'Babes Arms' (M-G) and 'Rookie 
Cop' (RKO) (2d wk). Record- 
breaker, with zowie $11,000 assured 
after outstanding $18,200 in -first 
week. 

Strand (Indie) (2.000; 25-35^50)— 
'Disputed Passage' (Par) and 'Coast 
Guard' (Col). Heavy patronage as- 
sures house strong $9,000. Last 
week, 'Death Champion' (Par) and 
'Calling Marines' (Rep), poor $3,700 
in five days. 



BENNEH- 'SONS' 
N. G. $10, 
IN BUFF. 



Buffalo, Oct. 31. 

'Hollywood Cavalcade,' 'Mr. Smith' 
and Constance Bennett in person 
are running neck and neck, with 
the first two's returns okay. Ben- 
nett a disappointment. 

Second run of 'Babes in Arms* Is 
holding up sturdily. The dual bill 
headed by 'Submarine D-I' at the 
Hipp is lagging. 

Estimates for This Week 

Buffalo (Shea) (3,500; 30-35-55)— 
Hollywood Cavalcade' (20th). Looks 
over $11,000, fair. Last week, 'Babes 
Arms' (M-G), good $17,000. 

Great Lakes (Shei) (3,000; 30-50) 
—'Babes Arms' (M-G) (2d run). 
Moving along to good clip and over 
$8,500. Last week, 'Intermezzo' 
(UA), picked up over anticipations 
for $7,200, fairish. 

Hipp (Shea) (2,100; 25-35)— 'Sub- 
marine D-r (WB) (2d run) and 
Death Champion' (Par). Low spot 
of town. Slow $5,500. Last week, 
'Dancing Co-Ed' (M-G) and 'Water- 
front' (WB), $5,000, poor. 

Lafayette (Hayman) (3,300; 25-35) 
—•Mr. Smith' (Col) (2d wk). Still 
showing plenty strength. Should 
get fine $10,000. Last week, power- 
ful $14,000. 

20th CcDtary (Dipson-Basil) (3,- 
000; 25-40)— Three Sons' (RKO) and 
Constance Bennett on stage. Hardly 
up to anticipations. Probably around 
$10,000, so-so. Last week, 'Full Con- 
fession' (RKO), 'Hidden Staircase' 
(WB), wobbly, under $5,000. 



TASSAGE; big $8,500, 
LEADS TO DENVER H.O. 



• Denver, Oct. 31. 

'Roaring Twenties' is running a 
little above average at the Denver 
to take top coin this v/eek. 'Babes 
in Arms' is strong in second week, 
while 'Disputed Passage' is earning 
a holdover at Denham. 

Estimates for This Week 

Abddlh (Fox) (1.400; 25-40)— 
'Real Gloiy' (UA), after week at 
Denver. Fair $3,500. Last week, 
'Hollywood Cavalcade' (20th), after 
week at Denver, fair $3,500. 

Broadway (Fox) (1,040; 25-35-40) 
— 'Under-Pup' (U) and 'Mutiny 
Blackhawk' (U), after week at Par- 
amount Not so good, $2,000. Last 
week, 'Nurse Cavell' (RKO) and 
'Bookies Wept' (RKO), were below 
average at $2,000, after week at Or- 
pheum, 

Denham (Cockrill) (1,750; 25-35- 
40) — 'Disputed Passage' (Par). 
Strong $8;500 and holds. Last week, 
'Bali' (Par) (2d wk.), was almost 
as strong as it's first week, doing 
$7,500. 

Denver (Fox) (2,525: 25-35-40)— 
'Roaring Twenties' (WB). Carney- 
Lane starrer getting good $9,500. 
Last week, 'Real Glory' (UA), fair 
$9,000.' 

Orphean (RKO) (2,600; 25-35-40) 
—'Babes Arms' (M-G) (2d wk.). Get- 
ting good play at $8,500. Last week, 
packed them in repeatedly for big 
$13,500. 

Paramount (Fox) (2,200; 25-40)— 
'AH Quiet' (U) (reissue) and 'Drew 
Staircase' (WB). Very , nice $4,500. 
Last week, 'Under-Pup' (U) and 
'Mutiny Blackhawk' (U), good 
enough $4,000 to get second week at 
Broadway. 

Bialto (Fox) (878; 25-40)— 'Holly- 
wood Cavalcade' (20th ), after a week 
at each Denver and Aladdin, and 
'Hidden Power' (Col). Nice $2,200. 
Last week, 'Old Maid' (FN), after 
a week at each Denver and Aladdin, 
and 'Hero Day' (U), good $2,000. 



'Roaring 20V Okay 

$4,500 in Portland 



Portland, Ore., Oct. 31. 

'Hollywood Cavalcade' . did well 
at the Paramount in its first week 
and is - holding for another fair 
chukker. This week a fair winner 
on the war angle is 'U-Boat 29,' at 
Liberty, which makes the scpre 
about even on the b.o. value of war 
or escapist pix. 

On the non-military side of the 
fence, 'Babes in Arms' won heavily 
at Parker's U.A. and held for sec- 
ond week. 

Estimates for This. Week 

Broadway (Parker) (2,000; 30-35- 
40)-T-'Roaring Twenties' (WB) and 
'Bright Boys' (U). Getting average 
$4,500. Last week, 'Real Glory' 
(UA) and 'No Place Go' (WB), 
closed good first week at $4,800 and 
moved to Mayfair. 

Liberty (Hamrick-Evergreen ) (2,- 
000; 30-35-40)— 'U-Boat 29' (Col) 
and 'Chicken Wagon Family' (20th). 
U-boat angle brmging ffii ?S fsnn. 
Last week, 'Nurse Cavell' (RKO) 
and 'Bookies Wept' (RKO), plus 
March of Thne, registered okay $4,- 
300. 

Mayfair (Parker-Evergreen) (1,- 
500; 30-35-40)— -Real Glory' ■ (UA) 
and 'No Place Go' (WB). Second 
week following opening at the 
Broadway doing nicely for $2,500. 
Last week, 'Women' (M-G), wound 
up fourth week with good enough 
$2,200. 

Paramount (Hamrick - Evergreen ) 
(3,000; 30-35-40)— 'Hollywood Caval- 
cade' (20th) and 'Full Confession' 
(RKO) (2d wk). Keeping in the 
money at $3,500. First week, with 
•Night Work' (Par), $5,000, good. 

VniUd Artists (Parker) (1.000; 30- 
35-40)— 'Babes Arms' (M-G) and 
'Witness Vanishes' (U) (2d wk). 
Still in pay dirt at $4,000. First 
week, good $5,300. 



*Lif e - Joe Brown 
NoPaiiic,$10,000; 
Indpls. Doldrums 



Indianapolis, Oct 31. 

Everything is quiet this week on 
the theatrical front, with managers 
quietly holding their positions. After 
the opening push on Friday, when 
15,000 school teachers were in town, 
activity settled down to a steady 
ennui, and no one's coffers is. burst- 
ing with lucre. 

Lyric and Circle are out for the 
coin with former playing Will Os- 
borne orch and latter showing Joe 
E. Brown unit, which is in doghouse. 

Loew's is still all right on hold- 
over of 'Babes in Arms.' Indiana is 
fair dualling 'Roaring Twenties' and 
'Drew Staircase.' Apollo is taking 
a shellacking with first-runs 'Rio' 
and 'Call a Messenger.' 

Estimates for This Week 

Apollo (Katz-DoUe) (1,100; 25-30- 
40)— -Rio* (U) and 'Call Messenger' 
(U). Poor $1,800. Last week, 
'Hollywood Cavalcade' (20th) and 
■Escape' (20th), moveover from In- 
diana, okay $2,500. 

Circle (Katz-Dolle) (2,600; 25-30- 
40)— 'What a Life' (Par) and Joe E. 
Brown unit on stage. N. G. $10,000. 
Last week, 'On . Toes' (WB) and 
■Espionage Agent* (WB), $4,300, poor. 

Indiana (Katz-Dolle) (3,100; 25-30- 
40)— 'Roaring Twenties' (WB) and 
'Drew Staircase' (WBT" Fair $7,000. 
Last week, 'Disputed Passage' (Par) 
and 'Television Spy' (Par), $6,000, 
red. 

Loew's (Loew's) (2,400; 25-30-40) 
—'Babes Arms' (M-G) and 'Scandal 
Sheet' (Col) (2d week). Nifty $7,800. 
Last week, $13,000, socko. 

Lyric (Lyric) (1,900; 25-30-40)— 
'Sherlock Holme.s' (20th), Will Os- 
borne orch and Esther Ralston. Good 
$11,000. Last week, 'Angels Wash 
Faces' (WB) and Milt Herth Trio 
heading vaude; satisfactory $10,200. 

H.0;SH0LDUPIN0,C.; 
TOERPUP' FAIR $2,500 

Oklahoma City, Oct 31. 

'Mr. Smith,' after bang-up open- 
ing week, continues into a second at 
the State, and 'Babes in Arms' is 
holdover at Criterion, third film in 
theatre's long history to be held. 
Others were 'Cimarron* and 'Snow 
White.' 

On the whole, biz Is okay. 
Estimates for This Week 

Criterion (Stan) (1,500; 25-35-40) 
—'Babes' (M-G) (2d wk). Good 
$4,200. Last week, 'Babes' (M-G), 
v.g. $5,500. 

Liberty (Stan) (1,200; 15-20-25) — 
'Under-Pup' (U) and 'Desperate 
Trails' (U). Fair $2,500. Last week, 
'Angels Wash Faces' (WB) and 'No 
Place Go' (WB), good $2,900. 

Midwest (Stan) (1,500; 25-35-40)— 
'Old Maid' (WB). Nice $4,700. Last 
week, 'All Quiet' (U) (reissue),, 



Fair, Heat Clip Frisco, But 'Mr. Smith' 
$14,000 Breeze, 'Rio'-Vande N.G. llViQ 



floundered in five days for poor 
$2,000, . 

Plaza (Stan) (1,500; 25-35-40)— 'All 
Quiet' (U ). So-so $400 in three days. 
Last week 'Hollywood Cavalcade' 
(20th), moveover, fair $800. 

SUte (Noble) (1,100; 20-25-40)— 
'Mr. Smith' (Col) (2d wk). Very 
good $4,500. Last week, smash $6,000. 

Tower (SUn) (1,000; 20-25-35)— 
'Dancing Co-Ed* (M-G). Good $2,100. 
Last week, 'Women' (M-G), third 
week, good $1,800. 

'SMITH,' $1?,000 
NICE IN DET. 
SOLO 



Detroit Oct. 31. 

'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' is 
going it solo at the Fox and, aided 
by extra bally on U. S. solons' anger 
at Washington preview, is getting 
nice reception. 

Strong biz for flock of holdovers. 
Estimates for This Week. 

Adams (Balaban) (1,700; 30-40)— 
'Hollywood Cavalcade' (20th) (2d 
run) and- 'Escape' (20th). Former 
moved here from Fox and combo 
figures for light $4,800. Last week 
fair $5,000 for 'Under-Pup' (U) and 
•Fifth Girl' (RKO) (2d runs). 

Fox (Fox-Michigan) (5,000; 30-40' 
55)— 'Mr. Smith' (Col), plus March 
of Time. Looks like nice $17,000 
and holds. Last week. 'Hollywood 
Cavalcade' (20th) and 'Witness Van- 
ishes' (U) good $15,000. 

Michigan (United Detroit) (4,000; 
30-40-55)— 'Dust Destiny' (WB) and 
•Dancing Co-Ed' (M-G). Headed 
for fair $13,500. La.st week, nifty 
$20,000 for 'Disputed Passage' (Par) 
and 'Nancy Drew' (WB), aided by 
plenty of fanfare on - 'Passage' world 
preem. 

Palms-SUte (United Detroit) 
(3,000; 30-40-50) — 'Disputed Passage' 
(Par) and 'Old Maid' (WB) (2d 
runs). After swell stanza at Michi- 
gan, 'Passage' moved here to team 
with 'Maid'; result should be good 
$8,500. Last week, 'Old Maid' (WB) 
(2d run) and "Thunder Afloat' (M-G) 
(2d run), picked up good $7,000. 

United Artists (United Detroit) 
(2,000; 30-40-55)— 'Babes Arms' 
(M-G) (2d wk.). After reeling off 
fancy $16,000 first stanza, paced for 
okay $8,000 currently. 

'MR. SMITH' 6G, 
OMAHA'S PACER 



Omaha, Oct 31. 

'Smith Goes To Washington' Is 
being -hypoed by rational blowup to 
extra biz here at the Brandeis. It 
may be held second stanza. 

Tri-States' houses, Omaha and Or- 
pheum, put on Hallowe'en spook 
and preview shows for extra 
grosses. 

Estimates for This Week 

Avenue-Dundee-Milliary (Gold- 
berg) (800-600-950; 10-25) — 'Oz' 
(M-G and 'Like Hot' (Par); dual, 
split with 'Borrowed Time' (MrG) 
and 'Undercover Doctor' (Par), 
dual. Good $1,700. Last week, 'Liv- 
ingistone' (20th) and 'Name Only' 
(RKO), dual split with 'Lady Trop- 
ics' (M-G) and 'Stole Million' (U), 
dual, $1,600, so-sp. 

Brandeis (Singer-RKO) (1,250; 10- 
25-35-40)— 'Mr. Smith' (Col) and 
'Prison Gates' (Col). Town's best at 
$6,000, great Last week, 'Dust Des- 
tiny' (WB) and 'No Place Go' (WB), 
$4,500, nice. 

Omaha (Blank) (2,000; 10-25-40)— 
'Thunder' (M-G) and 'Quick Mil- 
lions' (20th), Okay $7,500. Last 
week, 'Women' (M-G) and Torchy' 
(WB), $9,500, swell. 

Orpheum (Blank) (3,000; 10-25-40) 
—'Dancing Coed' (M-G) and 'Sher- 
lock Holmes' (20th). Fairish $8,000, 
Last week, 'Blackmail' (M-G) and 
•Speedway' (WB), $7,500, n. g. 

Town (Goldberg) (1,250; 10-20-25) 
—'Arizona Kid' (Rep), 'News Night' 
(20th) arid 'Mystery Plane' (Mono), 
first-run tripler, .split with 'Black 
Riyer' (Col), 'Girl Marry' (Mono) 
first-runs, and 'Like Hoi' (Par), 
tripler; Nice $1,300. Last week, 
'Crowded Hours' (RKO), 'Lost Men' 
(Par) first runs, and 'Stole Million' 
(U), tripler, split with 'Riders Fron- 
tier' (Mono), fir.st-run, 'Sun Sets (U) 
and 'Name Only' (RKO), tripler, 
$1,200, good. , 



San Francisco, Oct 31. 

With the Fair winding up for the 
year and with the thermometer still 
soaring, things aren't so good here 
this week. Most of the first-run 
houses on the street are making 
every effort to make the grade. with 
product of unusual calibre. How- 
ever, the exposition has been break, 
ing attendance records every day 
during the closing week, with (he 
result that several of the newcomers 
getting less than they would under 
other circumstances. 

Standouts this week is 'Mr. Smith 
Goes to Washington' at the Orpheum, 
which has upped its' admish to 55c 
'Intermezzo,' okay booking for the 
class trade held by the United 
Artists, got oft to a disappointing 
start, but is expected to pick up 
after the Fair closes. 

Estimates (or This Week 
. Fox (F-WC) (5,000; 30-40)— Roar, 
ing Twenties' (WB) and 'No Place 
Go' (WB). Biz is not what it would 
be if the Fair was out of 'the way 
and if warm weather would let up. 
New Cagney picture is getting good 
word of mouth. Will get about $15.- 
000, fair. Last week, 'At Circus* 
(M-G) and 'Fast Furious' (M-G), 
under expectations at $14,00(). 

Golden Gate (RKO) (2,850; 35-55) 

— Rio" (U) and vaude. Although. 
•Rio' has some good names, be.'-t 
comments are for the short subject, 
•Information Please,' and stage «how. 
Theatre made tieup with KGO, 
which broadcasts 'Information 
Please,' and grabbed plenty of free 
plugs on the air, but will get only 
$12,600, which is picking up a bit 
over last week, when 'Nurse Cavell' 
(RKO) and vaude got $12,000, so-so. 

Orpheum (F&M) (2,440; 35.-55)— 
■Mr. Smith' (Col) and 'Little Pep- 
pers' (Col). This house is getting 
by much better this week than some 
of the others. There have been 
some squawks about the raise in ad- 
mish from 40 to 55c, but they have 
been few and far between. Fairing 
very well at $14,000. Last week 
(2d), 'U Boat 29' (Col) and 'Man 
Couldn't Hang' (Col), poor $4,500. 

Paramount (F-WC) (2,740; 30-40) 
— 'Di-sputed Passage' (Par) and 'Es- 
cape' (20th). Can't overcome ter- 
rific opposish from expo and handi- 
cap of warm weather, so will just 
get ordinary $12,000. Last week, 
•Jamaica Inn' (Par), so-so $12,500. 

St. Francis (F-WC) (1,470; 30-40) 

— At Circus' (M-G) and 'Fast Furi- 
ous' (M-G) (2d wk.). Can't kick at 
$5,000. Last week, 'Hollywood 
Cavalcade' (20th), fairish $5,500 on 
moveover from Fox. 

United ArUsts (Cohen) (1,200: 35- 
55-75) — 'Intermezzo' (UA). Right 
kind of picture for this house, but 
first weeK is way under expecla- 
tions at $8,000. Last week (4th), 
•Real Glory' (UA) got $4,500 in fivo 
days. 

Warfleld (F-WC) (2,680; 30-40)— 
'Babes in Arms' (M-G) and 'Tele- 
vision Spy' (Par) (2d wk.). Current 
pace indicates healthy $11,000, which 
is better than some of the newcom- 
ers are doing this week. Last week, 
got $15,500, one of the best at this 
house in a long time. 

'BLACKMAILS-DEAD END 
KIDS BIG 17G IN CLEVL 



Cleveland, Oct 31. 
Between 'Blackmail' and Dead End 
Kids on the stage, the Palace is mop- 
ping up in the first-line trenches. 
Starting its heavy artillery fire oa 
first day, it's first vaudfilm this sea- 
son to do bang-up matinee biz and 
sustain it at night Going way over 
figures of previous swing-band 
combos. 

Opposition Is very spotty., Marx 
Bros.' 'At the Circus is making some 
noise for State in capturing juve 
trade. Hipp is doing above normal 
with h.o. of 'Mr. Smith' and 'Babes in 
Arms,' in second shot at Stillman. is 
also okay. No firecrackers for 'U- 
Boat 29,' at Allen, or '$1,000 a Touch- 
down,' at Circle. 

Estimates for This Week 

Alhambra (Printz) (1,120; 10-20- 
35)— 'Prison Gates' (Col) and 'Un- 
der-Pup' (U) (2d run). No material 
to bally and just fair $1,400 in four 
days. Last week, reissue of 'All 
Quiet* (U) and 'Hawaiian Nights' 
(U), good $2,500. 

Allen (RKO) (3,000; 30-35-42-55)— 
'U-Boat 29' (Col). Timely war stuff 
and luridly sold, but only average 
$3,000. Spot always does better on 
shift-overs, 'Hollywood Cavalcade' 
(20th) taking $3,200 last week. 

Circle (Marmorstein) (1,900; 15-35) 
— 'Ttjuchdown' (Par). Laced un- 
mercifully In' notices, yet Joe E. 
Brown-Martha Raye names counlei- 
acling. Should round up at Itiisl 
(Continued on page 16; 



Wednesday, Noveuilier 1, 1939 



VARIETY 



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READ THE INTIMATE LETTERS 

oj Helm Bm^es' moilie/}' to Helm Hemes' dmt^ki&r alwiut 

HELEN HAYES 



HERE is the story of great personality In 
show business- a story urtique in its telling: 
not what the outsider sees of Helen Hayes, not 
the anecdotes the world knows, not even the 
stories her friends in the theatre know. 

Herev for the first time, as Helen Hayes' 
mother says, is "every little thing only I ean 
recall about my Helen Hayes." 
In a series of letters called Mary, This Is Your 



Mother, Catherine Hayes Brown reveals to 
Helen Hayes' little daughter Mary (and to Post 
readers) the ups and downs, the struggles and 
glamorous career of this great actress, who has 
spent thirty-four of her thirty-nine years in the 
theatre and "on the road." 

Don't miss this fascinating theatrical biogra- 
phy. The first of eight installments starts in 
this week's Post— out today. 




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War Theme Pictures Prove Duds 
On Test Runs in Aussie Territory 



Sydney, Oct. 31. 

Heissiies of v/ar pictures similar 
1o 20th-Fox's 'Cavalcade' have proved 
a complete boxofflce frost in this 
sector in several tryouts. That the 
public here yearns for laughs has 
been acknowledged by theatre oper- 
jitors, who foresee keen demand for 
such type of production. 

Australian business is maintainin; 
a good level with Hollywood prod- 
\ict. Shutdown of British studios 
means widening revenue possibilities 
in this territory for American prcf- 
ducers. 

Prospective scarcity of product due 
1o British inactivity would eliminate 
two factors that have been obstacles 
1o American distribution here. They 
are the right granted to New South 
Wales exhibs to reject 25% of Amer- 
ican product and the proviso that 
calls for the local exhibition of at 
least 15% British Alms. 



Tanks Nix Reissaes 

No war reissues are going to bel- 
ligerent, countries, a majority of ma- 
jor company foreign departments 
said in New York this week. They 
are not forcing any war-theme pro- 
ductions in such territories, particu- 
larly because of censorial difficulties. 
Censors in belligerent countries, and 
even in neutral nations, are jumping 
on anything showing horrors of war. 

Opinion of foreign department ex- 
ecutives in- N. Y. Is that light^theme 
pictures will prove best business- 
getters in belligerent nations. They 
believe musicals and comedies stand 
the best chance of clicking in such 
territories, with many companies 
planning distribution accordingly, 



LONDON EASES 
LEGIT CURFEW 



London, Oct. 31. 

Twenty West End legit theatres 
are now permitted to stay open un 
til 11:15 p.m. 

Legit operators have been cam- 
paigning for the ease in curfew re 
strictions and for an okay on Sunday 
peformances. Original curfew had 
been 6 p.m. 



Midway '40 Plans 



.Continued from page 1. 



tions without salary early in the fall, 
replacing Grover Wl.alen, is de- 
sc-ibed as willing to give any new 
proposition a chance if it seems 
likely to succeed. Since Gibson has 
been actively in charge at the fair, 
he's spent hours daily seeking the 
best policy for the amusement area. 
He has conferred with veteran out- 
door showmen, with concession- 
nalres and others and already has 
built better relationship with the 
midway operators as a result. 

The midway will be more con- 
densed and definitely zoned. The 
present site of Sun Valley and where 
the Sun Worshippers show operated 
probably will be the end of the re- 
vised Great White Way. This will 
necessitate moving the Parachute 
Jump and several other .shows 
nearer the center of things and al- 
ready means are being worked out 
to accomplish this. 

Gibson's real interest, as chairman 
of the finance committee which 
floated the $24,000,000 bond issue, is 
the desire to make these liens valu- 
able. 



Argentine Eyes Mex Biz 



Mexico City, Oct. 31. 

Argentine pic producers continue 
to press for the Mexican market. 
Success of pix they sent here a year 
or so ago has prompted them to go 
after Mexican biz. 

Rio de Janiero distributors have 
sent 36 features here. 

Exhibitors, have organized the na- 
tional union of cinematographic im- 
presarios, object of which is mutual 
protection and benefit Ernesto E. 
Trujillo Gurria, is prez.; Pedro F. 
de Leon, sec, and Edrulfo Escandon, 
ti'easurer. 

'Iron Mask* Sets Mex Record 

'Man in Iron Mask' (UA) hung up 
a new high b.o. record for the swank 
Cine Teatro Alameda with $10,250 
for a week. 

'Algiers'. (LfA) topped $8,000 in a 
week last year at the same stand. 
It is the runnerup. 



PIX WANT MORE 
NEUTRAL B.O. 
INCOME 



U.S. Firms in Saving, 
Make Prints in England 



Depreciation in the value of the 
British pound and threat of rental 
coin in Great Britain being frozen 
there in large quantites are prompt- 
ing many U. S. major companies to 
increase the amount of film print- 
ing done in England. They are turn- 
ing out prints destined for distribu- 
tion in nearby foreign countries in- 
clcad of doing the printing in these 
countries or in the U. S. 

Step is another economy move for 
American distr.ibs and r case of tak- 
ing advanta.f;e of the British cur- 
rency situation. By tUi'ning out 
copies' in London, U. S. majors put 
to use British money rather than 
Ehip this portion to N. Y'. at a loss of 
17-2C% when the sterling is ex- 
changed into American currency. 



French M.P. Corp.'s Plan 
Of Reorganization OK'd 

Federal Judge William Bondy in 
N. Y. has approved f ■ plan of reor- 
ganization of the French Motion Pic- 
ture Corp., which filed a petition in 
bankruptcy Feb. 18, 1938. It will 
pay creditors 15% on claims, and 
lax and wage claims In full. 

Albert Lieberman of Philadelphia 
on Oct. 4 deposited $5,000 in the Corn 
Exchange Bank of N. Y., for the ful- 
fillment of the plan. 

Allowed claims totaled $14,466, 
which $10,034 approved the plan. 



'Frisco Fair Folds Too 

San Francisco, Oct. 31. 
An estimated 12,500,000 visited the 
Golden Gale International Exposi- 
tion which shut down Sunday (29) 
after a 254-day run. Although this 
figure is approximately 6,000,000 less 
than anticipated by the conservatives 
before Treasure Island was opened 
Feb. 18, it is considerably better 
than anticipated following terrific 
letdown which set in after the first 
two weeks of operation. ! 

Perfect weather during the final 
week of the Fair attracted thousands 
who made the trip to the Island for 
a last look. Biggest weekday was 
last Wednesday (25), when nearly 
112,000 participated in Women's Day 
at the G.G.I.E. 

The three big shows on the Island 
from Ihe standpoint of the number 
of paid admissions were 'Cavalcade 
of the Golden West,' 'Folies Bergere' 
and the Fine Arts Palace, which 
drew in the neighborhood of 
5,000,000 people up to Thursday of 
last week. Admissions at that time 
were Arts Palace, 1,503,463; 'Caval- 
cade,' 1,385,848, and the California 
Auditorium, where 'Folies Bergere' 
(two editions), 'Ziegfeld Follies' and 
Eddie Cantor held forth, 1,277,526. 
Final week, ending Oct. 27, 'Caval- 
cade' took in $64,900, a new high. 
Extra shows had to be given every 
day in order to take care of the 
crowds. . During the same stretch 
•Folies Bergere' did $34,070, the big- 
gest seven-day run for the Fischer 
show. Opening week had an extra 
performance, on the night of the 
show's preem, which shot the take 
over $35,000. 

General manager Charles H. Sti'ub, 
who 'revitalized' the Fair, when 
things were at their darkest. Is ex- 
pected to again take over manage- 
ment of the expo, when and if it re- 
opens next year, and the fact that 
it will try a short run from May 15 
to Sept. 15 during 1940 seems to be 
a foregone conclusion. However, 
some of tho.<;e pledging $1,650,000 to 
keep it going have strings tied to the 
new money and there undoubtedly 
will be a re-shuftling of personnel 
before the moneybags are opened. 



Major companies are putting the 
heat on their foreign managers in 
neutral countries urging them to 
exert added pressure for more busi- 
ness. The European war is cited as 
the reason why American film 
companies need additional revenue 
from neutral sources. Managers are 
advised to secure more playdates 
and higher rentals wherever feasible. 

How this miracle of added busi- 
ness is to be achieved isn't indi- 
cated. 



Republic Extends Sales 
Force in Latin America 

Republic Pictures is extending 
its Ijatin-Amerlcan marketing force 
with the appointment of Paul M. 
Wir as divisional sales manager for 
Central America. He'll make his 
headquarters at Colon, Panama, 

Harry Davis, former manager in 
Panama, leaves ther2 today (Wednes- 
day) to open a new office in Santia- 
go, Chile, and another in Valparaiso. 

Wir, a resident of Panama for 12 
years, last represented United Art- 
ists in that territory. 



Joe Hummel to Make 
Latin America Suney 
For WB Theatre ConsL 



Joe S. Hummel, Warner Bros, for- 
eign chief, who sails Friday (3) from 
New York on tour of Latin American 
countries, will survey conditions 
looking towards the po.ssible con- 
struction of theatres in certain South- 
American countries. 

WB has no theatre operations 
presently in Latin America. 

This will make the second Christ- 
mas Hummel has spent away from 
N. Y. in the last three years. He was 
in the Orient near the scene of hos- 
tilities between the Japanese and 
Chinese two years ago. 

Reports that Metro might build 
aditionally in Argentina, where busi- 
ness prospects seem brightest of all 
South American countries, were de- 
nied last week by Arthur M. Loew, 
Metro's foreign chief. Denial was 
made in connection with the depar- 
ture of Sam N. Burger, homeofTice 
rep of Metro's foreign department, 
last Saturday (28) for South America 
who, it was said, would study the- 
atre building there. 



Lunts to S. A. ? 



^Continued from pace 1_ 



possibly break even. Estimated that 
it would cost $60,000 to $75,000 to 
ready the productions and company 
and to transport them to South 
America and return, without Includ- 
ing running expenses during the S, 
A. engagements. Believed thai the 
theatres in Buenos Aires, Rio de 
Janeiro, Montevideo, Rosario, etc., 
are probably loo small to bring 
grosses of more than around $20,000 
a week, which might or might not 
pay the expenses of such a trip. 
However, it's believed that the Lunts 
and others in the company might 
make some sort of salary conces- 
sion because of the international 
goodwill angle. 

Tentative plan calls for the troupe 
to take 'Reunion in Vienna,' 'Eliza- 
beth the Queen,' 'Taming of the 
Shrew.' 'The Sea Gull" and possibly 
'The Guardsman,' all of which the 
Lunts have mentioned as doing in 
repertory. "Idea would be that the 
above shows could be played with 
sufficient pantomime for the Span- 
i.<;h and Portuguese-language audi- 
ences to get by . the language handi- 
cap. Because of the familiarity of 
the play, 'Shrew' is regarded as ideal 
from that viewpoint. 

Lunts have been reported as In- 
tending to do a new Robert E. Sher- 
wood play this season, but that is be- 
lip-ed uncertain. 



Stronr for U. S. PIx 

Wa.shington, Oct. 31. . 
Growing appeal of U. S. motion 
pictures for Argentine film-goers was 
reported to the Department of Com- 
merce Monday (30) by the Ameri- 
.cnn Trade Commissioner at Buenos 
Aires. 

Approximately two-thirds of all 
pix exhibited in the South American 
country during the first nine months 
of this year were American-pro- 
duced, the report stated. Of a total 
of 347 films exhibited during the pe- 
riod, 232 were American made. 
Origin of remaining 115 was as fol- 
lows: Argentine, 43; French, 37: 
British, 12; Italy, 7: Germany and 
Spain, 6 each, and Mexico. 3. One 
film was classified ks coming from 
'all other countric;,' the trade com- 
missioner reported. 



SOVIET PIX IN 
U.S. DENTED BY 
NAZIPAa 



Sizeable drop in income derivpd 
from Soviet pictures in the H,. S., 
dating from the Soviet-German pact 
of August, is admitted by Amkino, 
Soviet state-owned distributing com- 
pany. Decrease has been principally 
in the nal»es." 

Fall in Amkino's gross hasn't re- 
sulted so much from the public's un- 
willingness to patronize the films, the 
distributing outfit maintnin.s, but 
from exhibitors' refusal to book the 
pictures. 

Losses in this country are said lo 
be partially compensated by tills in 
South America. Incrca.-ie there is 
due, Amkino declares, in lar;!c mea.s- 
ure to a lifting of restrictions on 
Soviet pictures. 

Delay of more than six weeks in 
receipt of a shipment of five pix from 
Moscow virtually paralyzed 'Amkino 
until they arrived last week via Nor- 
way, instead of England and France, 
as usual. One of the arrivals is a 
combo flesh-puppet version of 'Pin- 
occhio' tagged 'Little Golden King.' 
It will be released at about the same 
lime as Walt Disney's 'Pinocchio* 
cartoon. Competish is unintention.nl, 
Amkino avers, as Russian pic was 
made several years ago. 



Radio Pain 



.Continued from p.iee I. 



Jitters Scare Off Yank 
Production in England 
Despite High Exchange 



The depressed state of the Brili.<:h 
pound works both ways, and riyht 
now American dollars sent lo Eng- 
land naturally convert into higher 
exchange. With this in mind, the 
idea of utilizing U. S. funds for film 
production in England — whether the 
I coin is frozen or not— still doesn't 
click with the American picture 
execs. 

The reasons are several. For one, 
the jittery aspects of any belligerent 
nature aren't conducive to most ef- 
ficient film production. And while 
it's true that the British authorities 
would be prone lo release English 
players from the service to partici- 
pate in .entertainment missions, 
there is al.so the factor that the pru- 
i duction facilities arc important. One 
can't say, 'All right, we abandon 
Elstrcc and Twickenham and start 
.'hooting around Belfast or in .some 
Welsh retreat.' It's not as simple 
as all that. 



K.S.W. MIXES NITE PONIES 

Sydney, Oct. 4, 
Government has decided to forego 
sanction of night trotting, and con- 
sequently betting, in this territory. 
Decision has been hailed by exhibs. 

The only major night blow lo ex- 
hibs currently is dog racing. 



London In War Time 



of 



DeKobra's U.S. Deals 



Maurice de Kobra, French auhor, 
5s currently in New /ork working 
on a legit dramatization of one of 
his books. He may leave for Holly- 
wood to make a wrltiiii; deal. 

De Kobra is now working with 
Erwin Piscator on dramatization of 
'Widow with the Pink Gloves,' which 
will be ready for legit presentation 
on Broadway. Piscator will direct 



London, Oct. 17. 
Empire, Shepherd's Bush, and 
Hippodrome, Manchester, two of 
Sloll's hou.ses that shuttered on out- 
break of hostilities, are reopening 
with vaudeville, with rest of circuit 
expected to resume same policy 
soon. 



Irving A.sher going to America re- 
portedly with two offers as picture 
producer, one from Metro and an- 
other from Columbia. Sez he'll re- 
turn to London as soon as things 
settle down. 



Grosvenor House expected to re- 



sume leg shows, interspersed with 
couple of vaudeville acts. 



Dave Rafer, of the Rafer picture 
house.s, is full-time cop for the dura- 
tion of war. 



With opera at Sadlers Wells and 
symphony concerts at Queen's Hall, 
London's musical season gradually 
opening. Lyric, Hammersmith, re- 
opening with a popular-priced bal- 
let season for four weeks. 



reconciled to the disadvantage. The 
difference, they say. lies essentially 
in the training and work habits. 
Regular radio and legit performers 
have by the exigencies of their re- 
spective backgrounds learned to 
analyze a role quickly and .see im- 
mediately the possibilities of charac- 
ter, situation or plot development. 
Film players as a rule rehearse a 
.short isolated scene for an hour or 
longer and then have numerous 
takes made of it to get it perfect. 

Names out of films who have 
clicked in a big way in radio, point 
out the agencies, are those who have 
come up the hard way through the 
stage. They cite as a couple cases 
in point, and from two dirterent 
classifications, Edward G. Robinson 
(drama), and Frank Morgan (com- 
edy). 

Rated by agency men as the 
quickest and most effective line 
learner for radio from the Holly- 
wood sorority is Belle Davis. Her 
aptitude with a script has made her 
a marvel, they state: as f.^r as one 
agency producer she's worked with 
Is concerned. 



Reisman's Mexico 0.0. 



Phil Reisman, RKO's foreign di.<;- 
tribution chief, is planning a short 
inspection tour of Mexico sometime 
this month. Reisman got back about 
six weeks ago from South America, 
but feels that new developments in 
Mexico warrant a special trip. 

Adolph Zukor, .-pecial foreign de- 
partment representative for Para- 
mount, also is slated to visit IW.C. 
around Dec. 1. Goodwill reception, 
i similar to the one accorded him in 
Australia, is being planned. 



'The Mob' 



Ralph RTchardson a sub-lieutenant 
in Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, 
attached to Fleet Arm. 



6 Ace Mex Directors 

In Co-op Production 

Mexico City, Oct. 31. 

Believing that combined and con- 
centrated talent should bring forlh 
a smash pic, the Mexican Directors 
As.sn.- has arranged to produce a 
film on a co-op basis, director.s, play- 
ers and others concerned chipping 
in their time and effort for a pro 
rata slice of the profits. 

Pic is to be megged by Mexico's 
six ace directors — Fernando de Fuen- 
tes, Arcady Boytlcr, Gabriel Soria, 
Miguel Zacarias, Juan Bustillo Oro 
and Miguel Contreras Torres. 



Continued from p:i(;e I 

busine.ss was having tough going 
without having to take it on the chin 
from radio. He said that he was 
sure that the program could find 
other more interesting businesses to 
.shoot at, and reminded the agency 
that the business of taking race bets 
involved thousands of pcr.sons 
throughout the country and they 
were as important users of the prod- 
uct as any other class of consumer.'. 

The caller even went so far .n.s to 
cite the number of persons engaged 
in the handbook business in ihe 
leading cities of the country. He 
said that he knew that at leasl 40,- 
000 persons were mixed up in it i" 
Chicago and that there mu.st be an- 
other 30,000 in the New York metro- 
politan area. He also recalled that 
the personnel setup included wire 
services, tipster sheets, etc. 

'How would you like it,' he went 
on, 'if we hit back at you by starl- 
ing a whispering campaign about 
your products?' 

'We wouldn't like it,' was the re- 
tort, 'but the threat won't stop us 
from carrying through our program 
plans.' 



Weduestlay, November 1, 1939 



VARIETY 



If 



TOGETHER AGAINL . . IN^HE BIGGEST 
LAUGH SHOW^HEY EflB^ '^l^/- 

It's scram for the war jitta's now! . . . Here comis the sbreen's ix^ com^y 
iteam in their first new-deal production! HANCi ON— l^cause «|^Ye gc^g 
cloud-jumping on a skyridi of screams . . . with t|ie fiyfng fun-aiiqs c0he / 
Foreign Legion, who learned about ladies from dot:g^ous Gi^brptterthi" 
[Commandant's cutie! . - . tib-la-la for the box-offit^ J^"" ^-r^^^-"^ " 




R K O 
RADIO 




JEAN PARKER 
REGINALD GARDINER 

A BORIS MORROS PRODUCTION 
DIRECTED BY A. EDWARD SUTHERLAND 

ORIGINAL STORY AND SCREEN PLAY BY RALPH SPENCE,' 
ALFRED SCHILLER, CHARLES ROGERS, HARRY LANGDON 



VARIETY 



FILM REVIEWS 



Wcilnesday, Xovember 1, 1939 



11 



•'§1 



' a consistent stride down the line in 
I the subsequents. 

This is a talker remake of the suc- 
I ccssful spook play of some years 
I back. Universal acquired the film 
' rishis and turned out a silent version 
in 1927. Studio dusted the property 
oir for a remake a year ago, but sub- 
sequently sold the rights to Para- 
mount, 

Picture {jives Paramount a key to 
proper casting of Bob Hope in the 

i^-o oon cy , i jiiure. Studio has previously pro- 

lieinai',1 »»u""i<;y . vidcd him with broad comedy mate- 
;Knmkle Thomas ' rial and roles that failed to ring with 

ciasio i^ofiim I sincerity. But in "Cat and the 

. .scimer Jm unnn ! ca,iai-y ■ he carries a straight 
'■^MuKias''M'l.'i'«r dramatic characterization, with cbm- 
l.'.'wiiiiHi.i iiouiii ' edy ouips and situations dropping 
.....Don UiuiKiii.-! into the plot naturally to accentuate. 
I the laughs., rather than previous al- 

WhiiP iheir flicker 'An-els i '«™P<-^ ^° Hopc;^ brand of 

While then last An^eis i ^^^^ ^^^..^^i^ ^^^^ ^^1^,^ 

Wa.<:h Their Faces,' removed some- ; p;urietle Godd;ird gets her first co- 
thing or the Dead End Kids" bad-boy star billing, displaying confidence 
onu.v, current release apparently i and a.-surance in her role as-th^^ 

, • a ■ _„„„,•„ . to the eccentric millionaires fortune, 

marks their finis as the appealing | ,.oiinded portrayals are pro- 

gang from the far side of the tracks, j vidcd by members of the supporting 



ON DRESS PARADE 

\V:nt»iT Mrop, rolo:(Be of Drynn Foy pro. 
Aoi'ilKii. .-'tnia IX-nil Bnd Klils: frnlmi.t 
Jolin l.liil. Kiiinklf rhuiiinK, Cl.uilo l.orms. 
liii.itc'l In- wnihiin Cli'iiii'nH. Orleliiiil 
XI ii'fiililnv liv Tciii llodl nnJ- I'hnrleii lliil- | 
ilcii: iiinii'iM. Arllnii- 'rii.ld; oJltor. IJoui; , 
iii'iiiii. .M .■'ii-inil, -N. v.. week Ocl. :!7, 
':<'.r. liiiiiiiljlK Uilii, Hi .MIN'!:>. 

i .M:iJor i;..lllns..' Billy llnlop I 

i iiiUl lloniiv .Mnik-im lloliliy Joi>l:in : 

I'll, I, I .liiliiiiiv (';il>',I Illinl'/. lli'll : 

('..111 i;i.,i;.ii> Wiliiin. . . . , <i;ilulcl lii'll 

.•:lili niiiH'.'iii 

1 nil- h 

>-..l. .\ll.li;i<-l Uoll,ir. 
t'Hti«-l I.I. .Murphy... 

.MiN. .\i'.lry 

I'lipi. l-:v;iiiH l;iivpr. • 

l<':illp-r It.v.li) 

H]illi:i\v;i> 

r>i*, i.fwi.-* 

O'l.. NViMiinn lJlini-:ir 



Miniature Reviews 



They're cleaned up, brushed up, put 
in military school uniform.s, turned 
into refined little gentlemen— and 
ifs too bad. It's too bad, at least, 
that if the transition had to be made 
it should be in such- a mawkishly 

It 



cast, including John Beal, Douglas.s 
Monlgomcrv. Gale Sondergaard, 
Elizabeth Paltcr.son. Nydia Westman 
and George Zucco. 
I To provide chills and thrills, pros- 
, oective heirs to the fortune as.sem- 
i ble at the bayou home of the de- 
! cca.sed 10 years aflcr his death. Will 



sentimental and obvious picture. 11 ; j\. ,cad. leaving estate to Paulette 
just doesn't ring true. i Goddard. when spooky manipula- 

To the credit of the gang, they i ijpns start from .strange sources. 
, , -i^, . ° , _ „,„ There s the low key lighting, drift- 

make of an impossible story a pass- 1 shadows, eerie music, sliding 
able picture for the dualers. To re- 1 panels and secret passages — all iitil- 
tain the kids' b.o. value, however, | izcd to fullest extent to accentuate 
Warner Bros, will certainly have to ' the chiller aspect of the piece. After 
do better than this for them in the three murders during the night. 



Hope solves the mystery— but only 
after Mi.ss Goddard has been placed 
in constant jeopardy. 
Script bv Walter De Leon and 



future. They are talented, individu 
ally and collectively, and if satisfac- 
tory story material can't be devised 

for them as a group, it might be wise ■ - . , . 

to forget them as an entity and use ■ Lynn Starling is a well-knit and 
one or two of them at a time. Ifs . workmanlike job of writing to re- 
obvious that they can't go on forever lain elements of surprise and com- 
as little toughies— especially inas- 1 edy. Elliott Nucent direct.s most 
much as. they're getting to be rather | capably, and picture swings along at 
grown-up toughies now— so perhaps a smooth and swift tempo without 



dull moments. 

'Cat and the Canary' will amply 
satisfy the mystery fans, and provide 
spine-chilling thrills for audiences 
generally. 

LITTLE ACCIDENT 

Hollywood, Oct. 25. 

rnlv^rsHl rftli^ane of Chnrle.i Lamnnt pro- 
iliKllon. Slnry Hu((h Herbert und fluhy 
.<»iii1y. IllrrilKl by ("hurleii Ijimont 



the quicker the breakup and weed 
ipg out begins the better. 

Of the six Dead-enders, four are 
totally reformed in the current yarn 
and Leo 'Spit' Gorcey succumbs be- 
fore the final bell. Bernard Punsley, 
in a bit, is the only one who man- 
ages to retain his dese-dem-and-dose. 
Gorcey is a poolroom prodigy whose 
father is a World War hero. His 

father's wartime buddy, John Litel, „^ _ 

runs a military school. _ Gorcey S i original w reenpluy by Paul Yawllr, and 

Rvc Gr*'ene. fioin play bv Vloyd l>eU and 
'rhoniaji Mllchell: cninera. MlUon Krnsner; 
editor, Kriink Wrops. Previewed at Al^x- 
nider. (ilendale, Oct. 2S. '3U. Running tima, 
M .MINS. 
IVerliert- I'enrHOn. 
.^ilce reftiTiiiii, . . . 
Perry .Mlorton... 
'I'nliby MorflHO... 

.loan HiiHlon - 

.Mallsfe Kritz Feld 

Mrs. Mlerlon Kathleen Howard 

Mr. Allrrlon Howard Hlckmnn 

ruiM-r Hanser RdRar Kennedy 

.\rleioiiH fitenwaler Bllcnnft Glrnrilot 

Jeft t:ollinp Charles D. Brown 

and Biiby Sandy 




father, on his deathbed, asks Litel to 
care for the boy. 'Spit' prefers the 
eight-ball in the side pocket to a 
uniform, but is tricked into going to 
the institute. He determines to up- 
set things, flouting all discipline. 
When Punsley comes up to tell him 
he was tricked, he packis up and be- 
gins to leave. Billy Halop, in role of 
the cadet major, attempts to .stop 
him. and in the battle that follows. 
'Spit' pushes Halop through a second 
stor.v window. . 

Halop is . seriously injured and 
'Spit' repents, deciding to stay. Other 
boys ostracize him, but he works 
hard and gets top grades in every 
subject. At camp in the summer he 
rescues a schoolmate, Gabriel Dell, 
from a Are in a munitions store- 
house. Both boys are seriously 
burned and Gorcey comes back to 
school a hero. He is made cadet 
major and is given his father's dis- 
lin"ui.«'hed service cross. 

'Spit,* in tears after he pushes 
Halop out of the window, Is a hard 
sight to swallow. Any true Dead- 
ender would have scranuned. And 
his refusal to accept some of the 
silly military discipline and hazing 
from UDper classmen doesn't achieve 
auite the effect the freres Warner 
have desired. Truth to tell, he seems 
like the only sensible one in the 
school. Reverse gear into which 
other nortiop<! ft the melodramafics 
have also shifted is evidenced by 
titters of derision from the audience 
when the sentiment (fets thickest. 

Paciflcistically-minded may also 
find objection — as in other military 
school pictures, hvit more so now be- 
caii.se of the war — to the glorious 
manner in which the soldier's life Is 
painted. Tt looks like a partnership 
between WB and the '.recruiting 
service. 

Desnit«( the featured billing. Ci.ssie 
Loftus has only a bit nart as woman 
'Who takes care of 'Snit' in the .<!lums. 
Frsnkie Thoma.s, who cfets simMar 
billine. Is a cadet who likewi<;e has 
a meager role. Herb. 



.... Klorenre Rlc« 
. . Ichard CnrlBon 

Ernest Truex 

.Joy IlcdRen 



'On Dress Parade' (WB). Dead 
End Kids transferred- to mili- 
tary jJchodl. much to their diwd- 
vantagc. Mualcr. 

'Cat and the Canary' (Par). 
Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard 
starred in chiller-thriller. Top 
programer for general audiences. 

•Little .\cridrnr (U). Baby 
Sandy's cutene.ss mixed with 
elemental comedy for support- 
ing attraction in nabcs. 

'Pack Up Vour Troubles' 
(20th). Jane' Withers starrer 
with the Ritz Bros, for comedy 
support. Okay dualer.- 

•Too Busy to Work' (20th). 
Good Jones Family programer, 
Joan Davis adding knockabout 
comedy. 

'Mutiny in the Big House' 
(Mono). ' Fairly strong prison 
slory for the action dualers. 

'Jeepers Creepers' (Rep ). Hill- 
billy -story thaf.s okay for the 
corn country. ^ 

■Legion of Lost Flyers' (U). 
Action programer for duals, 
preferably as No. 2 feature. 

'Ireland's Border Line' (Alex). 
Entertaining lri.>:h comedy with 
Jimmy O'Dca. Cinch for Celt 
nabes. 

'Piccolo Hotel' t Italian-made). 
Fair sati.^fier for Italian con- 
sumption, but not elsewhere. 

•Ballo Al Castello' (Ital). Fan- 
tassy limited to Italian audi- 
ences. 



Pack Up Your Troubles 

(WITH SONG) 

20lh-l''*ox lelea^e of .'^ol M. Wurtzcl pro- 
duction. Stars June Wlthera; fenturea Uilz 
nit>!i.. T.yiin 'Hori. Joac)ili Schlldkraut, 
Stanley l-'leldJi, Fritz T.eiber. Lionel Uoyce. 
Dlrcricd hy 11. Bruce ITtiinheratonc. Story 
and adaptation, I.ou Brfalow and Owen 
Fritncis: editor. Nick Dc MnKRio: aonf;, 
Sidney OInre and Jole Styne; photography, 
Luclen Andrlot. At r.iliice, N. T., dual, 
week Oct. 'id, "M. IltinninK time, 7S MINS. 

Collet le Jane Withers 

Itilz Krother.' Thcniaelvea 

Yvonne I-ynn DnrI 

Htigo r.udwiK luneph .Sohildkrnut 

Ssl. '.AnKfl Face" Walker Stanley Fields 

Pierre Ferrand Fritz r.clber 

GcnernI Von Itocch Ijionel Uoyoe 

Colonel tXlrattd .' . . .Ceorpen ncnnvent 

Madam Marchand. . . .Adrlenne' d'.\mbrlcnurt 

Adjutant r.enn Ames 

Mueller 'Williiim Von Urlncken 

Sentry Ed Gnrean 

Kane Hubert Bniinelt Kcnne 

Colonel SchiaKer Henry Victor 



TOO BUSY TO WORK 

Hollywood, Oct. 27. 
20ih Cenlun--Kox releiiso of John Stone 
ItrtMliif'Uuii. KoiUureH Ihc Jonfa Fnmlly. 
Dlivi-U'il by Olio Jlrower. Oiiglnnl siTeen- 
|ihiv i>y KoUcri KIMr, Hflen l.oK«n and 
Sl:t"nli'y Riiuh, lmHC<l on 'Tliu Tor*'hlif«rr*i' 
by Kelly, nml 'Your Cnrlo lunlley' 

by 1(o\\iii'<l l.lndnny iin<I lii>r(r:intl ItoblnHon; 
ciiin'Mii, Kilwnrd ('KmjriKiT; ediior, Kml 
AlU-n. I'ifvii'wrd iil I'pinwn. I,. A., Ocl. 
■J7. "lit. UiinnlnK Unie. (II .MINS. 



Jtilin .liinoM 

MiH. Jtibn Jonc^t 

.1ii4'k JniK'rt 

ltiiK(*l* JtlltON 

Lus'y Jonrs. 

Cranny Jones 

llut'by Jonos 

I.tilly 

('ranker McHin-U 

Mi-s, Uonilulpli Itussf). 

Wilbur WViiiivnrUi 

TDiniiiy .Mi-Oulr'o 

ClItlKnn 

Ilfily 

i:iiyini)iiil 



Ji'tl rronly 

. ..^)irii)i; liyliiKtoii 

Ken Jlowoll 

Ornrirp I'JniPHt 

lunu (''rirlHon 

. Klorfncft Hoberls 

tlllly Mntiaii 

Jiinl) I >:ivls 

. . .I'lilck ClKindlcr 
. .\lH|-Jt>l'l0 (t:il('Hi>n 
. . Antlrow TttmbeA 
..MiiiA-ln .SiepbiMiK 
. . . . . Irvhii; ]4:icun 

UvliMi JCiU'fnn 

. Ilal^^l<l Oooilwin 



JEEPERS CREEPERS 

(WITH SONGS) 

I^epubllc rdenae o( Arniund AjchoedT pro- 
duction. Sini'ii Weuvoi' Brua, and Klviry; 
femnrcH Xtiy JlnRcra and Mnrls '\Vrl:iun. 
Dlrei'ied by Frank MiicUnnnld. OrlKlniil 
a<-ri'>>ii play by Uoriell and Hluiirt .Mo 
tiowiin: c.iiner!i. Krneat .Miller; editor, Fni- 
p.it .Vims; ntimicAl director, Cy Kcucr. Jie- 
vlcnid In I'rojp.ction Hooni. N. Y., Oct. M, 
-M. lIuuniiiK time. «» .MINH. 



I.con Weaver 

...Kriiiik \\'c:ivtr 

KU'liy 

...... Koy HoKera 

.Maria Wrixiui 

Hilly l..« 

.J.lU'lcn l.lltleni'iil 
. . . . rhuri-tiin llali 
. . . l.orctlii \Veftvi-r 
Jtihii Arlliur 



Ciuirllc fill If r lUiOilcr .-Mohley 



Latest in the Jones Family scries 
maintains gait of former releases to 
prove most acceptable for the pro- 
gram houses. Introduction of Joan 
Davis into the Jones group as a per- 
manent visiting - cousin gives op- 
portunity in future pictures for slap- 
stick mixed into the family routines 
that have mainly been done before. 

Story contains a smattering of two 
plny.s "The Torchbearers' and "Your 
Uncle Dudley.' Both have been 
made as talkers during past several 
years by Fox. Combining n few 
ideas from each, hile.st adventure of 
the Jonses covers plenty of ground 
in its 65 minutes' running time. 

Jones is still' neglecting his drug 
businei^s to carry duties of mayor. 
Mrs. Jones becomes leading lady for 
charity show, while I?a is promoted 
to head fund drive for a new hos- 
pital. Collections get mixed up, as 
does everything else, in the madcap 
melee of the amateur performance, 
but everything ends well when Pa 
Jones decides to devote his time to 
business for a change. 

Picture carries typical adventures 
of the oldest screen family at home 
in the midwestern town. Arrival of 
Joan Davis as permanent guest of 
the hou.sehold, and her attempts to 
handle duties of- hired girl, provide 
some broad and elemental knocka- 
bout comedy. Looks like addition 
of Miss Davis to the series will pro 
vide low comedy of .<;Iapstick type 
to contrast with motivation of the 
family affairs. 

'Too Bu.-rv to Work' is above par 
in the recent Jones series releases. 



After two pictures as a boy, Baby 
Sandy switches to her real feminine 
gender in 'The Little Accident.' 
Story holds little similarity to orig- 
inal play by Floyd Dell and Thomas 
Mitchell, nor to film version of the 
latter turned out by U several years 
ago. Studio mainly utilizes the title 
here. Picture displays cute smile 
and antics of Baby Sandy, combining 
some elemental and slapstick com- 
edy sequences by Hugh Herbert and 
adult members of the cast, but all on 
a rather inconsequential story that 
serves nothing more than as an ex- 
cuse for the individual situations; As 
an attraction, 'Little Accident' will 
suffice as supporter in the family 
houses, lacking story strength to get 
attention above that slot. 

Story concerns the parental" mixup 
of the baby. Ernest Truex,. real 
father, abandons the child on desk 
of baby editor Hugh Herbert. To 
save his job, latter assumes grand- 
parent supervision and turns the 
baby over to his unwed daughter. 
From there on, it's a melange of 
tribulations for all concerned. Wind- 
up provides a slapsticky chase by 
the principals after the baby 
wrapped in a laiindry bag and 
headed for the mangier. 

Charles Lafriont catches a number 
of cute shots of Baby Sandy — mainly 
solo closeups that are neatly inter- 
cut into the action. Youngster is 
now toddling, and delivering a few 
words in addition to regulation coos. 
Picture is episodic, displaying at- 
tempt to piece together incidents to. 
get through regulation footage for 
a feature. 

Hugh Herbert gives a standard 
portrayal as the adopted grand- 
father, while Edgar Kennedy and 
i Etienne Girardot are used for com- 
edy sequences with Sandy. As care- 
taker of the baby for a brief spell 
while working as a paperhanger, 
Kennedy gets sufficiently involved 
with a paste pot, ladiler, paper, 
shcai-.<: and his hat to provide 
John'iica'i i knockabout comedy on the broad- 

b'oitcinas MontKoinrry side. Girardot catches several 

iia" r.u Onic sonderKa.ir.i ' chuckle.s US Salesman in a baby-wear 

""L '''"'""' '■ shop, secondary romantic interest is 

'"'y -- '^yi'i" •^f"!"''"' .supplied by Florence Rice and Rich- 



AT AND THE CANARY 



Hollywood, Oct. 24. 
Piiramonnt release ot Arthur Hornbliiw. 
Jr.. lu'oiluction. Stnra TJob Hope and 
raiilelte Goddard. Directed by Elliott Nu- 
KCnl. SVreenplny by Walter De Irfon and 
r»yiin Slarlini^, bnaed on play by .lohii 
Wllierrl: cament, Charles i-ang; ediior, 
Archlo Marihck: naat. director. Mel Kp- 
Kteln. I'levlewed nt WoRlwooil Villuije.' 
O'l. 24. ':■!). TtunnlnR time, 73 MIN.S. 

Wniye rampbell.. .Bob Hop,. 

Joyci> Xorntan Paulette Oodilard 

ITi-ed niyrho 
rh.iriio Wiiiicr.. 
Ml 
A 

Old . 

T.Hw.ver Prosby Geonre Zucco 

Heu.lricha John AVray 

Indian Guide George ncEas 



ard Carlson, with Ernest Truex ap- 
pearing briefly for the climax. 

Picture was turned out on mod- 
erate budget, and as a ligh' ro. 



Retaining the basic spooky atrhoS' 
phere and chiller situations of John ' gramer will be acceptable > 
Willard's' original play. Paramount ' " 
injects plenty of legitimate comedy 
in this (^ne to provide ^ood .enter- 
tainment for general audiences. It's 
a top programmer foi*' upper bracket 
bookings in the keys, and will hit 



A pretty good programmer in the 
'B' division, 'Pack Up Your Troubles' 
has the Ritz Bros, for sturdy com- 
edy support, plus numerous good 
laugh situations built around them 
and the star, Jane Withers. While 
not a picture that will cause box- 
office jams, the Withers-Ritz subject 
ought to do from fair to good, singly 
if pot pitched too high, or on dual 
bills. 

Script is a better than average job, 
well tailored to the talents of the 
cast, with broad comedy the strong 
undertone. Original was done by Lou 
Breslow and Owen Francis. In view 
of the comedy situations developed, 
the Ritzes most of the time are away 
out in front of Miss Withers. Lat- 
ter is now growing up and has lost 
that kiJ^hubbinesS. In fact, 'she's 
quite streamlined. 

Film opens during the last war, 
with the Ritzes auditioning their 
Dutch comedy routines in a book- 
er's office, but find their German 
dialect cancels them out automat- 
ically. They enlist in the army, are 
assigned to a mule battalion and the 
action switches to a small village 
in France where Miss Withers lives, 
She is maneuvered into the action 
suitably and some of the comedy sit 
uations built around her as well as 
the Ritzes, largely the latter, are 
more than ordinarily funny. . 

Plenty of rather good-sized laughs 
are aroused when the Ritzes, mas- 
querading as Germans for a local 
tavern affair, .are mistaken for real 
Huns by French soldiers. The es- 
cape in a balloon that lands them on 
German soil provides several belly 
laugh.s, in addition to the welcome 
that is given them as heroes by the 
Kaiser's higher-ups. . Carrying the 
situation further, the Ritzes are then 
interned as war prisoners by the 
Allies when they escape back to 
their own ground. 

A song, 'Who'll Buy My Flowers,' 
written .by Sidney Clare and Jule 
Styne, is a vocal for Miss Withers in 
a French tavern setting. The num- 
ber is lightweight and Miss Withers, 
not having a voice, doesn't get it 
anywhere. She al.<!0 does brief im- 
personations of Eva Tanguay and 
George M, Cohan. Neither means 

'iich. 

' r.vnn . Bari, as a French village 
doesn't have much footage or 
il .irtance. Neither does Joseph 



Mutiny in the Big House 

Monoicram release of Grant Wilheffl pro- 
duction. Stnm Harlon Marl.ane. Chnriea 
nicktord. Directed by .William Ninh. 
Srreeniilay. Robert Amlrcwa; story, Martin 
Mooney: «'aniera. Harry Neumann: ♦•ditnr, 
n. F. ."iehoenKarlh. At IJbeny, Lincoln, 
dual. RunninK time, M MIN.S. 

Father Joe.... Charlea Tlickford 

Red Itarton Macl.ane 

Warden I'at .Vorinrlty 

Johnny r.. ...... DrnniH Moore 

Oap ..William Ilnyie 

Bltay Charles Foy 

t>ad Cieofxe Cleveland 

Mike. .Slgel Dcilruller 

Duke Kd Ka^■tc^ 

Jim Itichard Austin 

Frankle nuvaeii Mopton 



'Mutiny' has spotty po.<:sibilities, 
but in the action-hot territories, 
especially in Catholic areas, it may 
come in a pretty fair winner. It's 
based on actual incidents in the life 
of a priest. Father Patrick O'Neil, 
who was awarded the Carnegie 
medal after his bravery in halting 
a Canon City (Colo.) prison break 
(.Oct. s; 1929), in which seven guards 
and five inmates were killed. 

Martin Mooney authored the story, 
from which Robert Andrews drew 
the scenario, but it hasn't quite 
enough action most of the way, only 
settling' down to a fairly snappy 
thriller as it gets to the finish. Drag 
is noticeable all the way,- although 
Charles Bickford, in the role ot the 
priest, does a hangup job of playing, 
Barton MacLane, the stir-toughie, 
leans a little too far forward to rip 
into the script at times, and he looks 
a bit forced. Play is mostly around 
a young con, Dennis Moore, who 
deadpans, and allows the other two 
topliners to take it away. 

Bereft of women, the cast will 
have a tough job overcoming 'the 
lack of trimming in the cheap spots 
used to a decorative skirt "The story 
starts in the jug, with the arrival 
of Moore, a forger rapped with 1 to 
14 years for a $10 check. Bickford 
tries to salvage him, and MacLane 
works to stiffen him against the 
prison administration. Kid goes 
along with MacLane, until the for- 
mer gets the idea he's being a sucker 
and comes up for air. 

This is the first time up for Grant 
Withers, one-time leading man, as an 
associate producer, and it's a pretty 
fair fir.st stab on small budget. The 
pic deals wholly with the work of a 
prison chaplain, takes him through 
all the chore.s, even to a hanging, 
and in those communities predomin- 
antly Catholic, it lends every natural 
angle for tieup ' and recommenda- 
tion becau.<;e it honors one of the 
heroes of the church. 

Generally speaking, 'Mutiny' will 
edge toward the profit side of the 
ledger tor the pop-pricers. . Barn. 



.Miner 

Ciiini 

Hlviry 

■toy 

Ciiiinie 

Skccti'r 

tiranilpii . . . . t . . . 
M. K. Oui'unl.. 

V|oi,y 

reubviiiy 



This is definitely one to be re- 
served for the corn country. It is 
a successor to 'Down in Arkansaw,' 
made with much the same cast a 
year ago, and should do equally as 
well or better in the right spots. . 
Starring in the film are the Weaver 
Bros. .& Elvir.v ' (June Weaver), 
standard in vaude as 'The Arkansas 
Travelers.' Elviry's daughter, Lor- 
etta. 22, makes her picture debut in 
a minor role in the flirp, chalking it 
up as .something of a family affair. 

Tag on the pic, "J.ccpers Creepers,' 
results from the song which was 
popular a year or so ago. Rep pur- 
chased rights to both tunes and title> 
leather lothario Roy Rogers warbling 
it to his love interest. Maris Wrixon. 
It helps to a small degree to relieve 
the hillbilly quality of all the other 
tunes in the film. 

Leon Weaver, as the old-fashioned 
mayor and justice of the peace of a 
mountain village ruled by the spirit 
of brotherly love, is excellent-, eas- 
ily topping the rest of the cast. He's 
a natural for a role of this type and 
with less corny handling would be 
a strong bet in anyone's picture.. 
Brother Cicero will seem to the 
younger members of the. audience to 
be stealing the stuff of Harpo Mar.>c 
although he's been doing his no-talk 
routine sintie 1915. Never opens his 
mouth except to whistle. He's al.'?o 
an expert at tossing knives. Gen- 
erally plays the part of an oaf, in all 
not being a very impressive addi- 
tion. 

Si.ster Elviry. in the middle-aged 
maiden lady role, plays a variety of 
instruments in the hillbilly band 
with which the film is spotted, click- 
ing nicely. Roberts, as the town's 
sheriff, handles his strong, silent 
hossman business in slightly tired 
fashion, but gets off his .'Jeepers'. 
number in satisfactory style. Miss 
Wrixon as the vis-a-vis, daughter of 
a capitalist who brings ruin on the 
town, is stiff and stilted. She was 
borrowed from Warner Brothers to 
do the part. 

Appealing is nine-year-old Billy 
Lee, while character bits are amus- 
ingly handled — sometimes overdone, 
however — by Lucien Littlefield as 
the grandpappy, with an ear trum- 
pet, who turns into something of ■ 
jitterbug, and John Arthur, as (he 
rich' man's secretary-valet, who falls 
in love with Elviry, 

Story moves rather rapidly, con- 
taining plenty of action, including 
swell shots of a forest fire. Some ot 
the latter are apparently the mccoy, 
evidently- double negative work. 
Tale is of a quiet village where capi* 
talist Thurston Hall discovers coal 
after being sentenced by Weaver to 
use a pick for a day because he was 
carele.ss in tossing his lighted match- 
es into tindery bru.sh. Coal is on 
Weaver's property, but they won't 
tell, whereupon Hall obtains it by 
paying up back taxes. He moves a 
rough crew in, forcing Weavers out, 
but is almost burned to death when 
his men start a forest fire. Little Lee 
lad calls Weavers and others to help 
release Hall from under his over- 
turned car, whereupon he sees the 
light of brotherly love. 

Film has a strong labor angle, de- 
signed to please the common folk. 
Pictures the old moneybags as a re- 
lentless, unreasonable man: strike- 
breakers, whom he hires, as drunken, 
cold-blooded villains, and striking 
miners as gentle people who are 
only seeking their rights. Herb. 



where audiences are not 
lar about story values ,u 

mental comedy tricks are displayed. I Schlldkraut, who plays a spy for the 
But for a long stretch to build Baby ' Allies. Stanley Fields, Fritz Leiber 
Sandy's draw. Uiiiversal Jteeds bct-.| and Lionel Royce provide suitable 
ter material than here displayed. ! support. Char, 



Replate to Stevens 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. 
. George Stevens was named pro- 
ducer-director of RKO's remake of 
'Enchanted Cottage.' 

Currently Stevens is handling 
'Vigil in the Night.' 



Legion of Lost Flyers 

IToIversal release of Ben Plvnr prodnr- 
llon. stnra Itli-hurd Arien ami Andy ))e- 
vine; fenlurca Anne Naicel. Wlllltim I.undi- 
Ran, Quinn Williams. Una .Miinaon, 01- 
rcc.ted by Chrlaly Cabannc. sior.v. Pen 
Plvar; adaptation, Maurice Toml'rauel: edi- 
tor. Maurice WrlKht; phnloirraithy, -Jeroina 
Ash. At Rlalto. N. T.. week Oct. SS, '39. 
nunnlPK time, 63 MIM8. 

'Imoji' <;illan Diehard Arlen 

'Heet' Brumley. Andy Pevlne 

Pnilln Anne NaKel 

nalph I'erry Wllilain I.undlKan 

Jake Glilnn WilllamH 

Marttia Ona Munson 

Freddy Jerry Marloiva 

Smytho I.eon Ainea 

Mill Deicrt Yheodiir Von Kilii 

Frenchy I.eon Helasio 

niinkey Ilavlil Wiilock 

riarriRiin Jack (*arf:on 

Ueilha i'ldllh Miiin 

Sam |>iit Flnherly 

I'eiey. Ulddle Waller 



'Legion ot Lost Flyers' is an action 
item dealing with intrigue and ro- 
mance around a group of renegade 
airmen working out of' an independ- 
ent airport in the Ala.skan wilder- 
ness. It will suit as a supporting 
dual entry. 

Richard Arlen and Andy Devine 
play pilot and mechpnic, respective- 
ly, with Devine and an Eskimo 
woman .serving as pretty good comic 
relief. The Eskimo role, played by 
Edith Mills, calls for. nothing more 
than 'ugh' and a couple belches out- 
side ot the effective pantomime. Yen 
of the Esk for motor grease and the 
(Continued on page 18) 



VARIETY 



Beginning at the Boyd, 
Philly, an Almighty 
New Peak for the 
Power of the Product of 

WARNER BROS. 



si ■;. « J 



y^emwre 




BETTE DAVIS 
ERROLFLYNN 

In the secret romance of the Virgin Queen 

•THE PRIVATE LIVES OF 

ELIZABETH 

and ESSEX 

IN TECHNICOLOR 

wirh 

OLIVIA de HAVILLAND 

DONALD CRISP • VINCENT PRICE ■ ALAN HAIE ■ HENRY STEPHENSON 
Directed by MICHAEL CURTIZ 

Screan Ploy by Norman R«illY Roina and Aineoi MacKeniie • Bai.d on Iho Sloga Ploy by 
Maxwell Anderson . Produced by Thaaire Guild, Inc. . Muilc by Erich Wolloong Korngold 
K Worner Broi.— Fir»l Notional Picture 






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THE "IMPOSSIBLE" AmiNED! EVERYTHING THE 'OLD MAID' WAS, WELDED^ I 
WITH ALL THE FIRE OF 'ROBIN HOOD'! TRULY A MATCHLESS MOTION PICTURE! 



16 



VARIETY 



PICTURES 



WednosJay, November 1, 19.t9 



Cleveland 

. Condniicd from pai;c 10_ 



FILM BOOKING CHART 



WEEK 
OF 
RELEASE 



8/25, 39 



$2,700. Last week, 'Million Dollar 
Ia':-."' (Par) plus rcvive<l "Murder 
Man' (M-G), were circusecl for salis- 
laclory $1,300 in four day."!. 

Hipp (Warner) (3.700; 30-3.')-42-.'>5) '■ 
— '.vlr. Smith' (Col) (2(1 wk). Smack- 
eel out such a healthy .score, | 
$15,000, In first inning that terrific 
buildup and new.spapcr publicity is ' 
pii.<:hing it up to extra-g(3od $9,000 ! 
in second stanza. A third at Allen | 
i.i indicated. { 

I'alace (RKO) (3,200: 30-35-42-55) 
— Blackmail' (.WB) with four Dead . 
End Kids in vaude. Favorable re- [ 
parts for both are backed up by top- 
jiotch afternoon crowd.s, due to • 
school holiday for teachers conven- , 
lion, and by commendable nighi at- , 
If-nriance. Sure for $15,000, and per- 
ha.D.s $17,000. Although a home-town ' 
ouifit. Sammy Kaye's orch in vaude 1 

bow here last week didn't make a i 

killing. 'Stranger' (20th) no help, 'n i on 
but Sl3,500, not so bad. 

Lake (Warner) (3.50. 15-25)— 1 
•Demon Flee: Street' .(Select) and I 
•Return Frog' (Select). English hor- I 
rot importations haven": enough ! 
American sock. Lucky to get mild ' 
$1,400. Last week, first for reopened 
jfiou.se was murder, 'Torpedoed' (FA) 
and "Pride Blue Grass' CWB), barely 
hilling $1,000. 

Slate (Loew"s) (3.450; 30-35-42- ' 
55)— ".^t Circus' (M-G>. Marx Bros, i 
bc;;er than usual, getting oft promis- | 
ingly with good juvenile draw that \ 
will earn $12,000, okay.' Last week, ; 
"Babes Arms' (M-G), after stalling a i 
bit. ran lip to $14,500, which was all I 
right, too. 

Stillman (Loew"s) (1,972: 30-35-42- 
55)— Babes Arms' (M-G). Hold- 
over staclcing up sweetly, $5,000, 
capitalizing on early campaign. 
'What Life' (Par) last week had lit- 
tle life, $2,000, lowest here this fall. 



(Pot information of theatre and film c.icliniifle bookers Variety presents a roinplele chart of feature releares oj 
all the American dixtribuiinu companies for the current qunrterlj; period. Dntc of 
ret"i«u"s as given in Variety and the running time of prints are tnchidfd.; 

«:OrYKI(!llT, IVM, HV V.IKICTY. INC. AIX RUillTS HrS»aiVKI> 



Bill Farnsworth 



.Continued from pace j_ 



H»T. In Vlir. — Rr\lrwr<] In VarlHy 

M — .MclmlrHnm ; C — CnMii>il.v ; 



Krr In Tj|Hi .4 llhrc villi loll* 
Cl> — Conicdy-Uniinit; W — Wrtrtrn; 



H. T. — Running l"tme 
I> — llrunia: Mu — Milklml 



mmW DUAL, $19,000, 
LEADING OKAYB'KLYN 



9, 8. 39 



9 15 39 



9/22, 39 



Brooklyn, Oct. 31. ; 

Loew's Metropolitan continues to , 
keep on top of the heap of down- ; 
town deluxers with profitable i 
gro.sse.s. Currently dualling 'The ! 
Women' and •Challenge' to excellent 
results. RKO Albee is also scoring 
this stanzii with 'Hollywood Caval- 
cade' and 'Pack Up "Your Troubles.' 

Fabian. Paramount 's .second week 
of 'Dust Be My Destiny' and '$1,000 
Touchdown' is okay, as is the re- 
cently revived Strand with 'Return 
of Frog' and 'Barber of .Fleet Street,' 
billed as the 'double horror show.' 
Estimates for This Week. 

Albee (3^74; 25-35-50) — "Holly- 
wood Cavalcade' (20th) and 'Pack 
Troubles' (20th). Excellent $19,000. 
Last week, 'All Quiet' (U) (reissue) 
and "Under-Pup (U), quiet $11,000. 

Fox (4,089; 25-35-50)— "U-Boat 29' 
(Col) and 'Drew Staircase' (WB) 
opens today (Tuesday). Last week. 
What Life' (Par) and 'High Grey 
Walls' (Col), fairish $14,000. 

Met (3,618; 25-35-50 ) — 'Women' 
'M-G) and 'Challenge' (FA). - Cop- 
ping major portion of downtown 
business. Swell $19,000. Last week, 
'Fast and Furious" (M-G) and Ed- 
die Cantor's ■ unit on stage, satis- 
factory $26,000. 

Paramount (4,126; 25-35-50)— 'Dust 
Destiny'- (WB) and Touchdown' 
(Par) (2d wk). Okay $16,000. Last 
week, good $21,000. 

Strand (2,870; 25-35-40)— 'Return 
Fro;.;' (Select) and "Demon Fleet 
Street' (Select). Garnering good 
$5,500. Last week, "Tropic Fury' 
(Par) and 'Drummond s Bride' 
tPor), nice $5,500. 



9/29/39 



10/6/39 



Niven Checking in With 
British, If Needed Abroad 

David Niven was slated to pay a 
visit to the British Embassy in Wash- 
ington yesterday ■ (Tuesday) to de- 
termine whether It is necessary for 
him to return to England for mili- 
tary service. He is currently visit- 
ing in Virginia. 

A IQritish subject, Niven will re- 
turn to Hollywood if his services 
aren't needed abroad. Schedule(] for 
him next is a sequel to 'Raffles,' 
v.'hich he just completed. 



10/13/39 



10/20/39 



10/27/39 



11/3/39 



Hollywood, Oct. 31. 

Samuel Goldwyn assigned Sam 
Wood to direct David Niven in 'Raf- 
fles. Amateur Cracksman,' a sequel 
to 'Raffles,' recently completed. 

Niven is expected to return within 
e month. 



11/10/39 



11/17/39 



BATOFF ON ICE 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. 
Gregory RatofI has succeeded Irv- 
ing Cummings as pilot of the Sonja 
Henie starrer, 'Everything Happens 
at Night,* which winds up with a 
week of skating sequences at 20th- 
Fox. 

Cummings was relieved of the 
chore to start work on 'Johnny 
Appllo,' which rolls Nov. 27 with 
Tyrone Power and Dorothy Lamour 
in the top spots. 



11/24,39 



Rev. 

in 
Var. 



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8/16 

8/23 
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8/16 
9/6 
;?/27 

9,6 
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9/6 
8/30 
8,9 
8,2 

8/16 
8/30 
8,23 

8 23 
9,20 
8/16 



9/27 

7/26 

9/20 

9/13 

S/8 

8/16 

10/25 
9/20 
9/27 
8/23 
8/3« 
10/4 
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9/13 
9/27 

10/4 
9/27 

10/25 
8/23 

9/ 27 

9/20 
9/29 
10/18 
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10/4 
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10/18 



12/14 
9/20 
5/31 
10/4 
10/4 
10/25 

10/18 



11/1 



10/25 

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10/18 

10/25 
9/13 
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TITLE TYPE 


K V, 


FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS 


CD 


Col 


WIZARD OF OZ 


C 


M-G 


IRISH LUCK 


M 


Mono 


THE STARMAKER 


MU 


' Par- 


SMUGGLED CARGO 


D 


Rep 


QUICK MILLIONS 


C 


20th 


ANGELS WASH THEIR FACES 


M 


WB 


EVERYBODY'S HOBBY 


CP 


>VB 


KONGA, WILD HORSE 


W 


"Cof" 


THE WOMEN 


c 


M-G 


DEATH OF A CHAMPION 


D 


Par 


CONSPIRACY 


D 


RKO 


WALL STREET COWBOY 


W 


Rep 


FLIGHT AT MIDNIGHT 


D 


Rep 


ADV'T'RES SHERLOCK HOLMES M 


20tb ' 


THE UNDERPUP 


M 


IT 


MUTINY ON BLACK HAWK 


M 


IT' 


THE OLD MAID 


D 


«V0 


GOLDEN BOY 


CD 


Col 


RANGE WAR 


W 


Par 


CHAN AT TREASURE ISLAND 


M 


20th 


THE FIGHTING GRINGO 


W 


RKO 


FULL CONFESSION 


D 




TWO BRIGHT BOYS 


M 


tT 


DESPERATE TRAILS 


W 


IT 


NANCY DREW & STAIRCASE 


M 




OUTPOST OF MOUNTIES 


D 


Col 


DANCING CO-ED' 


CD 


M-G 


SKY PATROL 


M 


Mono 


BEAU GESTE 


D 


Par 


DAY THE BOOKIES WEPT 


C 


RKO 


THE RAINS CAME 


CD 


20th 


HAWAIIAN NIGHTS 


MU 


■ U 


DUST BE MY DESTINY 


D 


WB 


THOSE HIGH GREY WALLS 


D 


Col 


THUNDER AFLOAT 


D 


M-G 


$1,000 A TOUCHDOWN 


c 


Par 


Fipm AVFN1TP mm. 


CD 


RKO 


OM\JKf KJWM\. .Tk ll If \J • Kj 




20th 




CD 


VA 


RIO ■ 


\fV 


V 


NO PLACE TO GO 


CD 


WB 


SCANDAL SHEET 


D 


Col 


FAST AND FURIOUS 


M 


M-G 


HONEYMOON IN BALI 


C 


Par 


CALLING ALL MARINES 


M 


Rep 


THE ARIZONA KID 


W 


Rep 


HERE I AM, A STRANGER 


D 


ZOlh 


THE WITNESS VANISHES 


M 


U 


NURSE EDITH CAVELL 


D 


RKO 


A CHILD IS BORN 


D 


WB 


ESPIONAGE AGENT 


M 


WB 


WHAT A LIFE 


C 


Par 


CRASHING THRU 


D 


Mono 


THE KANSAS TERRORS 


W 


Rep 


EVERYTHING'S ON ICE 


C 


RKO 


THE ESCAPE 


D 


20lh 


ETERNALLY YOURS 


CD 


UA 


HERO FOR A DAY 


CD 


U 


PRIDE OF BLUE GRASS 


CD 


WB 


FLIGHT TO FAME 


CD 


Col 


BABES IN ARMS 


CD 


M-G 


JAMAICA INN 


M 


Par 


THREE SONS 


D 


RKO 


HOLLYWOOD CAVALCADE 


MU 


20th 


ON YOUR TOES 


MU 


WB 


AT THE CIRCUS 


C 


M-G 


TELEVISION SPY 


D 


Par 


SHIPYARD SALLY 


C 


201h 


PACK UP YOUR TROUBLES 


C 


ZOth 


TOWER OF LONDON 


M 


U 


OKLAHOMA FRONTIER 


W 


V 


SMASHING MONEY RING 


M 


WB 


BEWARE SPOOKS 


C 


Col 


BAD LITTLE ANGEL 


D 


M-G 


MUTINY IN BIG HOUSE 


D 


Mono 


DANGER FLIGHT . 


D 


Mono 


DISPUTED PASSAGE 


D 


Far 


SUED FOR LIBEL 


D 


RKO 


20,600 MEN A YEAR 


D 


20th 


HOUSEKEEPER'S DAUGHTER 


. C. 


■ UA . 


LITTLE ACCIDENT 


CD 


U 


THE ROARING TWENTIES 


D 


WB 


JEEPERS CREEPERS 


CP 


Rep 


STRANGER FROM TEXAS 


W 


Col 


NINOTCHKA 


P 


M-G 


OVERLAND MAIL 


W 


Mono 


FIGHTING MEN 


D 


Mono. 


THE FLYING DEUCES 


C 


RKO 


MARSHALL OF MESA CITY 


W 


RKO 


HEAVEN BARBED WIRE FENCE CD 


ZOth 


LEGION OF LOST FLYERS 


M 


u 


CALL A MESSENGER 


M 


u. 


KID NIGHTINGALE 


C 


WB 


BLONDIE BRINGS UP BABY 


C 


Col 


SECRET OF PR. KILDARE 


D 


M-G 


HEROES IN BLUE 


D 


Mono 


CAT AND CANARY 


M 


Par 


MAIN STREET LAWYER 


M 


Rep 


ALLEGHENY UPRISING 


D 


RKO 


DRUMS ALONG MOHAWK 


D 


20th 


FIRST LOVE 


P 


U 


ONE HOUR TO LIVE 


M 


V 


ELIZABETH AND ESSEX 


D 


WB 


A CALL ON THE PRESIDENT 


CD 


M-G~ 


THE PHANTOM STRIKES 


M 


Mono 


RAIDERS OVER ENGLAND 


P 


Mono 


RULERS OF THE SEA 


D 


Par 


THE WASHINGTON COWBOY 


CD 


Rep 


THE COVERED TRAILER 


C 


R«p 


MEET DR. CHRISTIAN 


D 


BKO 


TOO BUSY TO WORK 


C 


20th 


ON DRESS PARADE 


M 


WB 


DESTRY RIDES AGAIN 


CD 


■. V 


AMAZING MR. WILLIAMS 


C 


Col 


ANOTHER THIN MAN 


D 


M-G 


ROLL, WAGONS, ROLL 


W 


Mono 


OUR NEIGHBORS 


CD 


Far 


THAT'S RIGHT, YOU'RE WR'NG MU 


RKO 


DAY-TIME WIFE 


CD 


20th 


INVISIBLE MAN RETURNS 


CD 


V 


WE ARE NOT ALONE 


D 


WB 



TALENT 



E. Fcllows-D. Petcrmn 

J. Garland-F. Morsan-B. Lahr 

F. Darro- Purcell-L. EllieU 

B. Crosby-L.Campbe:i-N.Sparks 
B Mackay-R. Hudson-G.Barbier 
J. Prouty Byin(lon-K. Howell 
Dead End Kids 
I. Rich-H. O'Neill 



Fred Stonc-Konea 
N.Shcarcr-J.Crawford-R.Russell 
L. Oyerman-R. Paige- V. Dale 

A. Lane-L. Hayes-R. Barratt 
R. Roeers-G. Hayes-A. Baldwin 
P.Rcgan-J.Parker-Col.R.Turner 

B. Rathbonc-N. Bruee-I, Lupine 
G. .Jcan-R. Cummings-A, Gray 
R. Arlen-A. Devine 

B. Davls-M. Hopkin.^-G. Brent 



B.Stanwyclc^A.McnJou-W.Holden 
W. Boyd-R. Hayden-B. Moran 
S. Toler-C. Romero-P. Moore 
G. O'Brlen-L. Tovar 
V.M<;Larlen-S.EIIers-B.Fi«irer>a 
E. Lowe-W. Barrie 
J. M. Brown-B. Bakcr-F. Knlrht 
B. Granville-J. LiUI 



C. SUrfctt-I. Meredith 
L. Tarncr-R. Carlson-L. Bowman 
J. Trent-M. Slenc-M. Reynolds 
G. Coopcr-R. Milland-R. Preston 
J. Pcnner-B. Grablc 
M. Loy-T. Powcr-G. Brent 
J. Downs-M. Carlislc-C. Moore 
J. Garfleld-P. Lane 



W. Connolly-L Meredith 
W. Beery-C. Morrls-V. Grey . 
J. E. Brown-M. Raye-E. Blore 
G. Roccrs-W. Connolly-E. Ellison 
J. Roeers-W. Frawley 
L. Howard-!. Bergman 
S. Gurie-B.'Rathbonc-V. McLaglen 
G. Dickson-D. Morgan-F. Stone 



R. T. 



SS 
100 

90 

62 
61 
86 
.16 

132 
67 
58 
66 
60 
8S 
87 
62 
_9S 

98 
65 
72 
59 
72 
69 
fi< 



been laid before the D.J. by -any (.( 
the half-dozen individuals who.se 
returns have been under clo.^e in- 
spection for many months by Trr;i>- 
ury and Justice officials. Flally de- 
nying reported offers to pay million.^ 
to satisfy the Internal Revenue Bu- 
reau, Murphy stated that . no com- 
promise can be negotiated without 
his consent and to his knowledge no 
overtures have been made. The 
parties under suspicion still contend 
they are innocent o( law viohilioiv^, 
he remarked. While Joseph M. 
Schenck was in town briefly Im^i 
week, Murphy said he did no! . yt e 
Iho film executive who is involved 
in three separate disputes with \ht 
revenue people. 



O. Krugcr-O. Munson 
A Sothern-F. Tone-V. Grey 
' MacMurray-CarrolI-Jones 
D: Barry-B. Mack-W. Hymcr 
R. RogersrG. Hayes-S. March 
R. Grecne-R. Dix-B. Joyce 
P. Pnrbin-E. PallcUc-L. Howard 
Neagle-Olivcr-Sandcrs 
G. FUzgcrald-J. Lynn 
J. McCrea-B. Mar.<hall 



J. Coopcr-B. Field 

J. Newill-W. Hall-M. Stono 

Three Mesquitccrs 

I. Pare-E. Ellls-V. Vale 

K. Richmond-A. PuR 

L. YouDg-P. Niven 

A. Lonise-P. Faran 

E. Fcllows-J. McCalllon 



C. Farrell-J. Wells 

J. Garland-M. R«oney-G. Kibbee 

C. Lai)ghton-M. O'Hara 

E. Ellis- V. Vale-W. Gargan 

A. Fayc-P. Amcche-S. Erwin 

Zorina-E. Albert 



Marx Bros.-K. Bahcr-F. Rice 

W. Henry-J. Barrett-W.CollierSr. 

G. Fields-S. Howard 

J. Wilhcrs-Rilc Bros. 

B. Rathbone-B. Karlell 

J. M. Brown-B. Baker-F. Knight 

R. Rcagan-M. Stevenson 



J. E. Brown-M. Carlisle 

V. Wcidler-G. Rcynolds-R. Owen 

C. Bickford-B. MacLane 

J. Trent-M. Rcynoids-M. Stona 

Lamonr-Tamiroir-Howard 

K. Taylor-L. Hayes-R. Lane 

R. Scott-P. Fostcr-M. Lindsay 

J. Bcnnett-A.MenJou-W. Gargan 

H. Herbert-B; Saniiy-F. Rice 

J Cagney-U. Bogarl-P. Lane 

Weaver Bros.-R. R ogers 

C. Starrett-L. Gray-DTCurtio ' 
G. Garba-M. Douglas-I. Claire 
Jack Randall 

J. Newill-S. Biane 

S. Laurel-O. Hardy-J. Parker 

George O'Brien 

J.Kogers-R.Waiburn-M.Kambean 
R. Arlen-A. Nagel-A. Devihe 
B. Halop-H.Hali-M. Carlisle 
J. Pa yoe-J. Wym a n 

P. Singlelon-A. Lake-L. Sims 
L. Ayres-L. Barrymore-L. Day 

D. Purccll-B. Hayes 

B. Hopc-P'lette Goddard-J. Beal 

E. Ellis-A. Louisc-R. Baldwin 

J. Wayne-C. Trevor-C. Sanders 

C. Colbert-H. Fonda-E. M. Oliver 

D. Dorbin-R. Stack 

D. Nolan-C. BIckford-J. Litel 

B. Davis-E. Flynn 

A. Sothern-W. Gargan-L. Stone 
W. Lawson-S. Hale 
No Cast 

D. Fairbanks, Jr.-M. Lock wood- 
G. Autry-S. Burnette-M. Carlisle 
J. Gleason-L. Glcason-T. Ryan 
J. HersholUD. Lavctt-P. Lee 
J. Pronty-S. Bylngton-K. Howell 
Dead End Kids-J. LKel 
M. Dietrich- J. Stewart 



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J. Blondcil-M. Douglas 

M. L«y-W. Pe«ell-C. A. Smith 

Tex Bitter 

P. Baintcr-F. CravcB-E. Lowe 
K.Kyscr-A. Mcnjon-E. E. Hortnn 
T. Powcr-L. Darncll-W. William 
V. Filcc-N. Grey-C. Bardwickc 
P. Mnnl- J. Bryan-F. Robson 



Interrogatories Debate 
Comes Up in N.Y. Nov. l.'> 

The next date for court hearinj;? 
on what questions will be answ"rrc(I 
by whom and when in the Governs 
meht's anti-trust suit against the 
major film companies, has been n-l 
for Nov. 15. The long drawn ml 
bickering over interrogatorie.<! re- 
sumed Monday (30) in the N. Y. 
federal court, when Paul Williams, 
' U. S. attorney prosecuting the ac- 
tion, met with majors' coun.sel. Wil- 
I liams also met with Benjamin Pep- 
I per of United Artists yesterday 
: (Tues.), to dis(:uss the Governmeni's 
answers to the scries of question.^ 
I submitted by that company. It is 
! understood that William J. Dono- 
van's firm will shortly file interrog,-i- 
tories on the Government on behall 
of the balance of the major com- 
panies. 

Williams is candid to admit th:it 
the major companies cannot an.<:wer 
the questions for several months. 
Since the latter's policy ha.s been to 
delay proceedings, it appear.^ likely 
that several months may well be 
stretched into a half dozen, thus ex- 
ceeding the time when the Miit 
would normally reach its trial cal- 
endar. 

The assistant to the attorney gen- 
eral, however, does not anticipate 
that this is likely to happen. He feds 
that by February the majors should 
not only have stipulated as to the 
questions they will answer, but will 
have filed their answers.. When ques- 
tioned as to whether the Govern- 
ment could have all its answers in 
at that time, Williams was more 
than optimistic. 'They know all the 
answers,' he declared. From his al- 
titude it may be deduced that a 
similar method, employed success- 
fully before, will again be used by 
the Government. That will be to 
answer what is known, and to stale 
that the U. S. has 'no knowledge' on 
other matters. 



Landis Vs. WB, Philly 
Suit, Still Unsettled 

Philadelphia, Oct. 31. 

Despite suggestions made by Fed- 
eral Judge William H. Kirkpatrick 
last week that the parties in case ot 
the Landis th.eatre versus the majors 
settle their differences out of court, 
all indications now point to a fini.<;h 
flght. Senator Harry Shapiro, coun- 
sel for Eugene Mori, operator of the 
Landis, declared yesterday (301 he 
will go into the U. S. District Court 
th:s . (Tuesday ) afternoon and ask the 
court to hand down a preliminar.v 
injunction against -the major dis- < 
tributors forbidding them from 
showing preference to the two Stan- 
ley- Warner houses in Vineland. N. J., 
iri the matter of clearance, pending 
final adjudication in the .suit. 

'My client does .not want to. settle 
this matter out of court,' Shapiro 
said. 'He is determined that a final 
decision be made in this case.' 



Probing For Taxes? 

Dallas, Oct. 31. 
Piclurie men seem un worried b.v 
.surprise probe of books and reccrdt 
of all theatre companies headquar- 
tering in Dallas, ordered by Alty. 
Gen, Gerald Mann, of Texa.s! Al- 
fected are Interstate and affiliaU, 
Texas Consolidated; Hobb & Rowl*y, 
and H. E. Griffith Theatre.s, and slalt 
distributing offices of major film pro- 
ducers. 

In Austin, Mann termed jnve.Migii- 
tion 'routine,' said it doe.<: not in- 
dicate violations. 

General opinion was that stale is 
looking for taxes rather than anti- 
trust infractions. Similar probe ol' 
oil companies resulted in suit f<<i 
$700,000 chain store taxes aguin.*-! 
Humble recently. 



Wednesday, November 1, 1939 VARIETY IT 



M-G-M 

FIRST 

IN 

HITS! 

Nuvs BOX-OFFICE MAGAZINE 




iililiiiiliM 



M-G-M 
FIRST 

IN 

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PUBLISHEDI 

Box-OfFice 
Magazine's 
Report for 
Season 1938-391 



COMPLETE STORY 
OF LAST 
SEASON 

HAS BEEN TOLD! 

(and you know who's far ahead 
of the entire field in 1939-1940!) 



1« 



VAltlETY 



PICTURES 



Wcilnesilaf, November 1, 1939 



Rosenberg Reelected Western Pa. 
MPTO Prez; Exhib-Exchange Shifts 



Piltsburgh, Oct. 31, 

M. A. Rosenberg was reelected 
president of the MPTO of Western 
Pennsylvania at the organization's 
annual convention here last week in 
the Roosevelt hotel. Edward Beedle 
won the vice-presidency, replacing 
William L. Brown, no longer in the 
theatre business, while Fred Her- 
xington and Joseph Gellman were 
returned to the secretary and treas- 
ury posts, respectively. Meet, by 
the way, also honored Herrington 
on his 30th anniversary as an ex- 
hibitor organizer. 

Dr. C. E. Herman, Israel Roth and 
William R. Wheat, Jr., wiere re- 
named directors and newcomers to 
the board are deorge Corcoran ind 
Charles R. Blatt. In the future, the 
MPTO wili preBx Allied to its or- 
ganization label. 

Louis Krieger, one of vets in film 
distribution, has gone back into the 
business- again, opening an indie ex- 
change. International Picture Dis- 
tributing Corp. Has the Allied fran- 
chise in Western Pennsylvania and 
We.st Virvinia. He's the father of 
Lester Krieger, with WB in Phila- 
delphia area, and started in pictures 
originally with Warners here quar- 
ter of a century ago. 

Stale. Mevcrsdnle, Pa., acquired 
from Orlo Heckler by V. F. Scott, 
chain operator with headquarters' in 
Johnstown. Pn. Heckler will remain 
lit the house as chief projectionist. 



Jennings Adds Duo 

Columbus, Oct. 31. 

Harry Jennings, operating in Ohio 
und We.st Virsinia, has taken over 
the Majestic and Princess, London, 
frorli Virgil Price. 

W. Smith, operator of Orpheum, 
Nelsonville, leased town hall in Mc- 
Arlhur and is remodeling for 300- 
seat theatre. Will open within a 
month, the only theatre in the town. 

The new Beverly scheduled to 
open Nov. 15. 

Woodrow Weiler named assi.stant 
manager of Loews Broad. John 
Stiffler of Ohio theatre succeeds him. 



owner, A. T. Worthington. Carmack 
also owns and operaties the Carma in 
the same town. 

Percy Essick and Meyer Fine have 
reopened the Ohio, Gallon, dark most 
of summer. 

W. J. Powell has sold his Lo-Net 
theatre in Wellington to Walter 
Steuve, formerly of Canton; who 
operates in Findlay. Frank Nolan 
will manage the house. . 

David Fettman named manager of 
the Harbor, Ashtabula Harbor, C, 
recently acquired by K. Thomas, of 
Youngstown. 

Fred Schull shuttered his Bremen, 
in Bremen. O. 

Bruce Sunkel has taken over the 
Times. Roseville, O., from Louis; 
Parhas. 

James H. Moore, Cleveland, pur- 
chased, the Lincoln building, Colum- 
bus, from the Buckeye Bldg. & Loan 
Co. at a cost of S75,000. Building 
houses the 300-seat Lincoln theatre. 



Lon^ Look« Set (o Renew 
Mount Vernon, O., Oct. 31. 
A verbal agreement between 
trustees of the Knox County Memo- 
rial Bldg. and E. W. Long, indie, to 
renew Long's lease on -the Memorial 
theatre, has been announced. Long 
raised his bid .from $3,000 to $3,600 
yearly. For the pSlst five years he 
paid $2,400. 

■ In declaring to renew Long's lease, 
tru!>tees • ended a bitter controversy 
that began in July when the Schine 
circuit attempted to obtain the thea- 
tre with a bid of $3,750. At that 
time several civic and .patriotic or- 
ganizations sponsored petitions ask- 
ins that the Long lease be' continued. 
Schine, it had announced, would 
clo.se the house if it obtained the 
lease, concentrating on its two other 
houses here. 



Scbram Adds One 

Canton, O., Oct. 31. 
Fred Schram, former lessee of the 
Lyric, Delta, now operating the Em- 
.pre.ss in Whitehouse. 

G. L. Carmack of Findlay has ac- 
quired the Star, Bluffton, from its 



Bernic Mills FeUd . 

Albany, Oct. 31. 
Bernie Mills, former Republic 
franchise holder, was honored at a 
luncheon attended by 125 film men 
here Monday (30). They presented 
him with a wrist watch. Speakers 
were Moe Silver, Warner Bros, dis- 
trict manager in Albany and Buffalo 
districts; Lou H. Golding, Albany di- 
vision manager of Fabian circuit; 
Jack Berkowitz, of Buffalo, long 
Mills' partner, and Arthur Newman, 
present Republic manager here. In 
attendance were Frank McCarthy, 
Universal eastern district sales chief: 
George Lynch and Lou Goldstein, of 



New York Theatres 




THERE'S A BETTER SHOW AT THE 




The "DEAD END" KIDS 
"ON DRESS PARADE" 

>«liio IN FKRSON 

HA, KEMP oKcui^KA 
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"JAMAICA INN" 

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"DISPUTED 
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IN PERSON 

DICK 
POWELL 

X^ddy Powell 
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PARAMOUNT 



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SVi'** MUSIC HALL 

HEI.n OVftR 

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"jrone.vmn«n 
In Ball" 

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STROUD TWINS 
[HARRIET HOCTOR 



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DD«n 10 A.M. li 

2nd Big Week 

gl M-G.M'i Hit! 

MICKEY .TUBY 
• ROONEY • GARLAND 



in "BABES IN ARMS' 



Conilnuoui (ram 10 ».m 

^ Pig. .Vlcei, 2Se t« I p.m. 

('■WM<4(»n Lit, Show ll*S g.m. NItely 

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Robert Donat in M>G-M's 

IgOODBYE MR. chips 

, with Grcrr Garaoii • eilt MON.TH 



Schine chain in Cloversville; Bill 
Smalley, Smalley circuit. Coopers- 
town. .... _ 

Another shakeup in Warner Bros, 
theatre.? of Albany and Buflalo zones 
brought new managers to the Avon, 
Utica; Keeney, Elmira, and Haven, 
Olean. Arnold Stoltz came from 
Philadelphia zone to the Avon to 
leplaee Murray Lafayette, whom 
New York State Manager Moe Sil- 
ver shifted to'Oleah, vice Al'Beck- 
cricb. The latter resigned, ns did 
Doc WcsHall at Keeney. Ed Yarbor- 
oufih, ex-RKO circuit man, took 
over Keeney. 

Gniferic'B Invite 

Greenville, O., Oct. 31. 
J. O. Guthrie^ lessee and manager 
of the nearby Karolyn theatre. New 
London, has been invited by city 
council here to take over the audi- 
torium of the new $50,000 city hall 
as- a cinema. Council members have 
arranged for the regular exhibition 
of Diclures on Thursday and Satur- 
day nights. 

StdTes Framed 

Minneapolis, Oct. .')1. 

Some 'friends' of W. A. StclTes, 
Twin City Variety club chief barker 
and Northwest Allied . president, a 
practical joker himself, framed it so 
that Steffes would be called to jury 
duty and couldn't get himself ex- 
cused. They didn't know that Stelfes 
had made all arrangements to at- 
tend the Carnegie Tcch-Notre Dame 
football ^me and Variety club an- 
nual banquet in Piltsburgh last Sat- 
urday and Sunday. 

As result of the gag, Steffes was 
forced to forego the trip, although 
he already had purchased his foot- 
ball and banquet tickets, and he was 
plenty burned. It was the first time 
he has mis.<!ed a Variety club ban- 
quet in Pittsburgh. - 

SlDrles 'in Binehamion 

Buffalo, Oct. 31. 

All theatres in Binghamton are 
operating under single-feature pol- 
icy under mutual agreement. 

The Avon, Syracuse, when re- 
opened by Al Gilbert hit a new high 
in sorhething or other — free admis- 
sions for everyone. 

Colonial, Niagara Falls, reopened 
under management of Jerry Harri- 
son, formerly manager of the Mer- 
cury, Buffalo. 

Don Wricht's Berth 

Indianapoli.s Oct. 31. 
The new Csquire, nabe, a linit of 
Cantor Neighborhood Theatres, will 
open Friday (3). House, formerly 
the Garrick. been given renovation 
job. Don Wright, for three years 
with Cantor at Emerson and Rivoli, 
will manage. 

Cii.«Ino, S: P.. Sold 

5kin Fraiicisco, Oct. 31. 
Pettr H.. Markowitz. representing 
local theatre .syndicate, has pur- 
chased the C.nsino theatre properly, 
cn Elli.s and Mason, here. Theatre 
will bt refurnished and redecorated. 



Sioltz to VlU^a. 

Utica. N. Y., Oct. 31. 
Arnold Stoltz, recently in charge 
of publicity for Atlantic City Steel 
Pier, succeeds Murray Lafayette as 
manager of the WB Avon here. 
After three years in Utica. Lafayette 
leaves to take charge of two WB 
Olean theatres. 




VIRGINIANS LOCATE 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. 

Headed by director Michael Curtiz 
Warners' 'Virginia City' troupe of 
200 players and technicians moved 
to Flagstaff, Ariz., yesterday (,Mon.) 
to start shooting on location. 

Cast i.-: lopped by Errol Flynn snd 
Miriam Hopkins. 



Berth Sells Hooge 

Milwaukee, Oct. 31. 
Edwin Jj. Berth, for past 25 years 
operator of the Pastime. Kiel, re- 
linquished the house to Eskin The- 
atres, Inc. New owner will remodel. 



TITLE CHANGES 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. 
'Riders of the Pasco Basin' is re- 
lease title for 'Vigilante War' at Uni- 
versal. 

'Framed' is new handle for Uiii- 
versal's 'Trouble Is My Middle 
Name.' 

Columbia switched from 'Street of 
Missinx. Women' to 'Cafe Hostess.' 

'No Power on Earth' became 'Big 
.Guy' at Universal. 

Univer.sal changed Test Driver' to 
'Danger on Wheels.' 

'Under Western Skies' became 
'Westbound Stage' at Monogram. 

Columbia made -three changes: 
'The Incredible Mr. William.s' to 'The 
Amazing Mr. Williams'; 'Passport to 
Happiness' to 'Music in My Heart.' 
and !Renegade Law' to 'Two-Fisted 
Hanger.' 

'The Night of Nights' is release 
handle on 'Happy Ending' at Para- 
mount. 

'The Outlaw* went back to its 
original title, 'Vinegaroon,' at Sam- 
uel Goldwyn. 



Film Reviews 



Legion of Lost Flyers 



(Continued from page 14) 
way she follows Devine around, dog- 
like, produces vralcome Euixeafie 
from the larxe .amount of flying in- 
dulged, crashes, landings in bad 
-weather, etc. The flyinK becomes 
dreary and monotonous on occasion. 

Aside from the romanoc that de- 
velops at the far-nothern airport 
after Arlen gets there, the story is 
importantly concerned with the 
pilot's efforts to clear himself of sus- 
picion in a crash in which several 
passengers i>erished. Arlen succeeds 
in washing himself of guilt in con- 
nection with the fatal mishap. Anna 
Nagel and Ona Munson, as sister^, 
arc Alaskans, but it's neyer explain- 
ed what they do, why they iarc there 
and where they live. Though the 
village is mentioned, it is never seen. 
Both appear to advantage, while 
Icssers in the fiood-sized cast include 
William Lundigan, Guinn Williams 
and Theodor Von Eltz. Williams is 
not called upon for any laughs. 
- Christy Cabanne's direction is 
fairly steady and sati.sfactory but the 
crash that Arlen survives is iinbe- 
lie\'ablG. The way -Arlen lands a 
plane in a canyon'and tak-es off from 
there is another highly implausible 
feature of the picture. Ch«r. 



Ireland's Border Line 

(nCISH-MADE) 

Wllltnm AlrsnndiT i-*?fiiyft of ITnrry 
O'l)oliuv:iil prtxlui-i ion, Krnluvi-M .lii)irii\ 
O'Ueu. l>lr«i-le<l liy U'n<inuv:iii. .^^ Hi-I- 
iiiont. N. Y., week Ocl. I'J. ' Kuiiiliiitf llnic, 
fit MIN8. 

Dllly 13rannlGftn 

A nil la l)urk«. 



.Mlcliiicl O'Connor.... 

Maura . , 

S«rgeant Muc.Aleer. .. 
.^erEennt Hogan...... 

.Mbrrt 'CylCT 

.^-nOie Tyler. 



Jimmy "O'DeR 

. . . Myrc-UM .Murvrii 

I, II. I-Mwiii 

Ililzrl Jl\it;hrn 

ItuiiakI M.-tli-tniiHon 

.Sopl ]'iir(-i-II 

. i . Ken \V:in ln,';(nn 
.lulin .'^IIC(1A 



rates her role ns Miss Doria's un- 
sympathetic mother, Laura Nucel 
debuts as the siren -vho succumbs to 
the big bad wolf. There's a touch of 
John Garfield in Andrea Checci's in- 
terpretation of the wayward son. 

Expert cutting and sometimes su- 
perb direction standout Fhotog. 
rapby is above average. Hugo. 

La Noche de los Mayas 

('Nicht af the Mayas') 
(IN SPANISH) 

Mexico City, Oct. 25. 
MIrr raleam of K.^MA produciloii. .Stun 
Arturo d« Cordoba, Kslela ni<]:i. T.<:ulirla. 
<.'oroti.-i and r.ula Aldaa. Dlrccllon unil 
«r-ennrlo .by Chano llrufta: b:lf!^•ll on lb* 
lio\-»l of .AiitonIo Mediz llollo; nnislc. Cor- 
ncllo Cntdcnfts; ramera, Gllb'^rio FiRiie- 
mra. At Cine Teatro Al.im'-d.-i, Mexico 
cily. MunnlHK time: VB MlN.v. 

t^z , .\rturo (1c roriloba 

..I-:nr-l:i Tndi 

'/'fM'. iihrhi. Coiona 

While M;in : l.ill.s AldHa 

Lol'a Kattier. .MlBUt-l A. l-'errli 



.*;«-uUy Whohxn .liininv WiMin.iti 

Dullock Dyi-ne Tom Dunne 



Pert little Irish comedy built around 
Jimmy O'Dea who gets in a string 
of laughs via his role of an itinerant 
job seeker who becomes involved in 
a jewel robbery. Cheaply mode, 
with few interiors and tho.«e mostly 
devoid of any expensive productional 
touches, the film neverlhelcs.s is en- 
tertaining, despite its innocuous 
story. Can pass in Irish nabcs. 

O'Dea gets tangled up with the 
thieves when their car staHs in the 
gateway and he fixes it. In tli$ 
process his bag becomes mixed with 
the valise containing the stolen 
jewels, '''urns out that the two are 
respected but unsuspected residents 
living nearby where O'Dea ,seltles as 
a handy man at a pub. Rest of the 
time is taken. by the thieves trying 
to get their swag bag back without 
putting him wise to its content'. 

Unraveling of the whereabouts of 
the thieves and the jewels' is neatly 
dovetailed with the rivalry between 
northern and southern Ireland, from 
which the fllm draws its name. Cops 
on both sides are determined to nab 
the crooks. It's furthered by hav- 
ing the daughter of the pub owner 
in love with a flatloot of one faction, 
while her father is attempting to 
force her to marry one from the' 
other side of the line. 

Once O'Dea geti wise to the 
thieves' identity (they were dis- 
guised) he schemes with the cop 
favored by the pub owner's daugh-^ 
ter to get 'em to the other side of the 
line so the officer can nab 'em, get 
the glory and win the gal. 

Film drags in spots but, by and 
large, the direction keeping things 
moving at a neat pace throughout 
Photography average. Sound fairly 
good except for 'a few inside scenes 
where acoustics bother. Perform- 
ances are all believable. 



This film has lots to recommend 
itself to American audiences inter- 
e.sted in one of America'.s vanished 
civilizations, the Maya Indians. Ii's 
a neatly done story of what hap- 
pened when a white man stumbled 
upon the jungle hamlet in . Yucatan 
slate, whb.<;e folk live much like 
their ancestors of 20 centiu irs ago. 

Settings are the McCoy: Real 
Yucatan jungles and ancient May;in 
ruins. There is a pleasing scciucncc 
of an aulliciitic Mayan fiesta. People 
of the pic are not s.iv.nuce; though 
jiingleitcs, they have relincincnt and 
arc fiood-looking. Cast is of high 
order, photography and .';oiind are 
good, and incidental mu.-iic haunting. 

Artiiro de Cordoba plays a young 
huntsman, who's crazy about E.'tela 
Inda and she about him. Isabela 
Corona, as an apprentice witch, 
likes de Cordoba and is working to 
get him to forget his first love, when 
along come.i! Luis Alda.<;, seeking 
chicle concessions. .Scnoiiln Inda 
and the wliite man fall h.Tvd for each 
other; there's high scandal about 
their goings-on. fannod by the cun- 
ning Corona gal. Drouglii is making 
it tougher and tougher for the vil- 
lagcr.i. and latter witches .'o well 
that the townsfolk burn hei' alive in 
an effective night sequence. 

Wrath of the town turn,'! on Mi.^f 
Inda: it is figured that it won't rain 
because she has sinned. De Cordoba 
man hunts Aldas in the jungles and 
kills him at the very time Miss Inda, 
guided by her father and other head- 
men, reach the sacrificial well, down 
which the prettiest ■ maidens were 
thrown in olden times when it didn't 
rain. Deft twist at the end make.^ 
her leap into the well, a breath- ' 
taking plunge, dignified suicide in- 
stead of u, sacrifice. Grnlmtiie. 



STORY BUYS 

Hollywood.- Oct. 31. 

Paramount purchased '1 Wanted 
Wing.i,' aviation yarn by Lieut 
B'eirne Lay, .Ir. 
. Samuel Goldwyn bought 'Macin- 
tosh,' South Sea tale by Somerset 
Maugham. 

Warners acquired film ri--' ts to 
Polan Banks' novel, '.laiiuary 
Heights.' 

Henry King bought Beth Brown's 
novel. 'Wedding Ring,' for produc- 
tion at 20th-Fox. 



PICCOLO HOTEL 

('Small Hstel') 
(irALIAN MADE) 

Rome, Oct. 19. 

ArUsIt . -ARsnclatl- relcnso of Alfa produc- 
tion, stum >JmmA GruDimatlca. Directed 
by Perm Uallcrlnl. S(-reenplay. Peiro Bnl- 
lerlnl. from Ktory by f.ulgl Rl(-cl; C4imera. 
(/SO 'r.-imbardla. At llie Barberlnl, Kome. 
llnnnlijg lime, ti MINfl. 

Oust: Kmma Grainmatlca. Mlno 4'0r«, 
T.nuia Nuccl. Andrea rheccl. Giildo No- 
larl. Lulsellii Beghl, Lola Bracclnl, Blanca 
Uorla. 



The 1939 Venice Biennial's fir^t 
film to be .shown to thejpublic, 'Pic- 
colo Hotel,' is fairly worthwhile. 
Moving at a slow clip, and lacking a 
story with which to occupy its thor- 
oughly talented cast, 'Hotel' is not 
slated for any major triumphs here 
or abroad, though locally it should 
be a satisfier. 

Perro Ballerini, who both adapted 
and directed, reverts to the hack- 
neyed 'Grand Hotel' method of tell- 
ing half a dozen stories. Incidents 
lack relationship and are too brief to 
build up interest Principal charac- 
ter is the kind proprietoress who 
finally is forced to sacriftce her small 
Budapest hostelry in order to pay 
off .some di.shonest debts incurred by 
her black-sheep son, 

Emma Grommaticn, a,<t the land- 
Jad.v, gives an A-1 performance. 
Among the boarder,':. Bianca Doria 
standi out as a hy.sterical young girl, 
who, when she isn't pulling hair wilh 
her mother, is chasing alter the hotel 
.smoothie, Lola Braccini exaggc- 



BALLO AL CASTELLO 

(■Ball at the CastlC) 
(ITALIAN-MADK) 

Rome, Oct 13. 
Inilualrie CInennitoeraidiirbu li;ilt:inc If-. 
lease of Jtnlclne i-'Min, SI:u'.-4 .Aiidii ^'Klll: 
roiilinee Anlonlu t;enl3. C.iilo l,iinili.:rdl, 
>=n'ndr:i Jtavel. Uil'i'cied l<y "Mjissiinilino 
NeuJi-ld. Screenplay by Cn In Ijillii Post:!: 
iikiioi;, Oiuste Blancull; i-;innn;. VhIchv 
\'ii-h; dances, Mur:i. Doiihm-: music, 
b'r.'iiin,-!. At the 'l.'lnen^a Covso, Home, 
HnnnliiR time, HS MIMS. 

l^rela 1.4irBcn Aliiln ■\*j*lU 

'L'cnenle Paola Karlnsky Anruulo (;fnl:L 

il I'lhiclpe Glorlfio,,, C.-ii-m> )*nlb:irdl 

Itlla VulcnII ,S;iMdJ:i. «:ivtl 

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il I'l-ini-Ipe .Nicola,.. C:iir;Mrii lie t'i'n'zii 

Scb,-i:*ll;nin T.nrsen... \';isco Crcll 

DIrcrlor oC Ibo Theiilre t'rultlo Xoiario 

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A harmless little fantasy charm- 
ingly directed and acted, 'Ballo al 
Ca.stello' will catch on with those 
who would think about implausible 
Prince Charmings, Alida Valli's 
wistful charni and elfin qu:ilities 
gives the pic a b.o. boost. Film's 
possibilities are just for Italian audi- 
ences.. 

Story unreels around a young bal- 
lerina, Greta Larsen (Miss Valli), 
who is unwittingly picked up by the 
Crown Prince and driven to her bal- 
let school. Those who. see her come 
to conclusions and just as she's about 
to be put out of the ballet school for 
repeated tardiness she's skyrocketed 
to the post of premiere dan.seusc. 
She's pretty much crushed to find it 
isn't on her own merit that she got 
the job, but because the ballet mas-, 
ter thinks she's the prince's lady 
friend. But she determines to carry 
through the mistaken idea. The 
prince finally does take the tumble, 
needless to say. 

Carlo Lombardi, as the prince. Is 
dashing, and Antonio Centa, as his 
amorous aide, pleasant. Sandra 
Ravel overplays the jilted ballerina, 
and Gii'i.scppe Pierozzi injects plenty 
of boorish humor into his ballet- 
master role. 

.Pageantry of mythical c6urt life 
i.s well done, but ballet scenes are 
uninspiringly photographed, 

Hugo. 



Pathe Labs on Coast 

Pal he Laboratories Co. i.<; reported 
negotiating for a new lab on the 
Coast, 1o supplant the present far 
cilitits in Boundbrook, N. J. 

Pathe top executives and allor- 
neys presently are in Hollywood al- 
tending to details of proposed new 
plant 



^Tednesday, November 1, 1939 



RAMO 



VARIETY 



19 



mm RoosEvaT's web 



Package Deal for NBC Boxing 

Recalls Mutual Baseball Deal 



NBC is applying! the package idea 
for station compensation as far as 
boxing and other, sporting events aic 
concerned. Effective .Dec. 1. affili- 
ates carrying the Adam Hats' fights 
will receive but a halt hour's com- 
pensation regardless of the time that 
■ the event consumes. Network here- 
tofore, has been paying ils stations 
fuU time up to the nearest Ave min- 
utes. 

Reason si vcn by NBG for its new 
compensation policy is that it has 
been losing money on the Adam Hats 
broadcasts. It had made the deal 
on a half-hour basis, figuring that it 
would at least break even. Some of 
the fights have run as much as an 
hour, while one extended to an hour 
and a quarter, and the network came 
to the conclusion that, the only way 
out of this bad deal was to re- 
negotiate its contracts Willi the af- 
filiates. 

NBC"s move recalls the criticism 
that one of the major networks had 
leveled at Mutual when the latter 
entered into package deal tor the re- 
cent World Series broadcasts with 
Gillette and the Mutual stations. Lat- 
ter were paid on the basis of two 
hours per day for the first two series 
broadcasts, and nothing thereafter. 



WAITER WINDSOR 

SUES ON mm 



Chicago, Oct. 31. 
Walter Windsor today (Tuesday) 
filed suit in the Federal court for 
$200,000 damages and a permanent 
injunction against the further ex- 
ploitation over the air of the game. 
'Musico.' Names in the action are 
H. W. Kastor & Sons. WGN, Kroger 
Baking Co., National Tea Stores, and 
Clef, Inc., owner ot the 'Musico' 
program. 

Windsor claims that he showed the 
Idea' to the Kastor agency in the 
summer of 1938 and that when it 
came to the placement of the pro- 
gram he wasn't in the picluri. 
Windsor's version was tagged, 'Melo 
— Musical Bingo.' 



WM. A. BRADY APPEALS 



Carries 'Way Down East' I.UIfation 
to Next Court 



Williaim A. Brady filed notice of 
appeal to the appellate division of 
the N. Y. supreme court from a su- 
preme court decision of June 23, 
dismissing his $250,000 action against 
Blackctt-Sample-Hummert, Inc., the 
Bamberger Broadcasting Service, 
Inc., Mutual Broadcasting Service, 
and the Charles H. Phillips Chemi- 
cal Co. Brady had charged the pla- 
giarism of his play 'Way Down East.' 
acquired by him in 1897, in a radio 
dramatization of the same title pre- 
sented over WOR and called a se- 
quel to 'Way Down East.' 

In his complaint, Brady makes 
mention ot having .sold the silent 
right to D. W. GrifTth for $175,000. 
the •soiind rights to Panal Pictures 
Corp. for $50,000, and having licensed 
one radio presentation for $750. 



'Trouble With Marriage' 
Lines Up Its Players 

«hicago, Oct. 31. 

Tlie Trouble With Marriage' serial 
for Procter ■& Gamble's Oxydol on 
the NBC blue at 11 a.m. will be 
written by Aline Ballard. Dan Don- 
aldson -will spiel. 

Cast now .set: Mary Patton, Stan- 
ley Harris, Frances Dale, Janet Lo- 
gan, Burton Wright. 



Jim Ameche Restored 



Hollywood, Oct. 31. 

Jim Ameche gets back the Wood- 
bury Playhouse scries Nov. 15 after 
Herbert Marshall ends .his seven- 
program commitment. 

Ameche worked the summer se.s- 
3ion. 



Quiz Kiting 



Qmz programs are now so nu- 
merous that the producers can't 
keep track ot their competitors. 
This has made it possible for lis- 
teners to jot down parlicularly 
good questions used on one show 
and shoot them by special de- 
livery to another program and, 
in quite a few cases, ret paid $5 
or $10 for the aU-eady-used 
stumper. 

One quiz-master got back 
three questions from his own 
previous broadcast. 



TIME' DUCKS 
WAR RADIO 




L iXECS 
AIIE CONCEIED 



President's Son Advanced 
Plan to Hill Blackett for 
Creation of Special Net- 
work to Carry Two Hours 
of Serials Nightly 



GOES AHEAD ANYHOW 



U is prol)able that 'The March ot 
Time' radio series will be absent 
from the air in the United States 
during the period ot war. Consid- 
eration ot the problem of propa- 
ganda coloring news sources and the 
increased sensitivity ot the public to 
emotional comiotations implicit in 
dramatized nev/s are involved, but 
not concUisive since both Time maga- 
zine and Life are currently well be- 
yond their guaranteed circulatioiis 
and not seeking more readers. 

Publishers are of the opinion that 
with neither a need for sales pro- 
motion nor favorable production 
conditions they're smarter to take a 
rain check. 



Bill Williamson to Jones; 
Fast, Patt Shift at WKRC 

Cincinnati. Oct. 31. 

Herman E. Fast, WKRC salesman 
for the past five years, was appointed 
sales manager of the station Friday 
(27) by Bill Schudt, general man- 
ager. Fast succeeds William J. 
Williamson, who held the post since 
June, 1937, and resigned to join the 
Ralph H. Jones agency here. 

William.son, who was with Radio 
Sales in Chicago prior to coming to 
Cincy, was expected to rejoin lat- 
ter in New York due to the sale of 
WKRC to CBS to the Times-Star 
as part of recent WCKY-CBS deal. 

Bill Schudt himself is continuing 
at the helm of WKRC pending its 
transfer. His future assignment with 
CBS has not as yet been decided. 

With the move-up of Fast, Schudt 
also appointed James M. Patt to the 
WKRC sales .staff. For almost a 
year Patt was director ot special 
events for the station. 



Chicago, Oct. 31. 

Elliott Roosevelt almost 'took over' 
the Mutual network last week more 
or less without the laller's consent. 
Facing what they recognized as a 
threat to Mutual's prestige, it not 
existence, Fred Weber and other 
Mutual figures moved fast to stymie 
the President's son. They succeeded 
but Roosevelt, undiscouraged by the 
setback, has since taken a new tact 
and is still out to be the head man 
of a coast-to-coast network. 

Hill Blackett was the mainspring 
of Roosevelt's first promotional idea. 
The latter nurses a peeve against 
NBC and CBS for their recent 
adoption of transcription policies 
that hamper Blackelt-Sample-Hum- 
mert desires. 

The situation has all sorts ot 
slightly sardonic sidelights in that 
Hill Blackett is Republican National 
Committeeman for the Stale ot Illi 
nois; that Kirby Hawkes, once voice 
coach of Alt Landon, was present at 
some of the huddles; and the Presi- 
dent's son would, by his boldly bril 
liant plan, have opened the path to 
himself becoming one of the dynamic 
figures of broadcasting itself. 

Following the failure ot th» plan 
to go through due to many . com- 
plicating factors. Mutual has under- 
taken to salvage the time-booking 
proposition which Roosevelt tried to 
sell to the Blackett.-Sample-Hum- 
mert agency last week. The task 
facing Mutual is to furnish B-S-H 
with a hookup ot around 115 sta- 
tions, including WOR,. Newark, and 
WGN, Chicago, which would devote 
a two-hour strip five nights a week 
lo the broadcasting ot eight Con- 
secutive serials. 

Weber Brought lo 

Roosevelt had offered to organize, 
on his own, an independent network 
ot like proportions for thi.» same 
purpose. His idea was sidetracked 
only as the result pt concerted ac- 
tion by a group of important Mutual 
affiliates whom Roosevelt had called 
to Chicago for a conference with the 
agency. These affiliates contended 
that there was no reason why the 
present Mutual setup couldn't' be 
used for the same project and then 
(Continued on page 24) 



AFRA Not Licensing Talent 
Agents, an Eventual Ambition 
Barred by Present Network Pact 



'Doghouse' Catches On 



Part ot the Brown &. William- 
son program, ■ 'Uncle Walter's 
Doghouse', deals comically with 
wives who punish their husbands 
by installing and keeping them 
in the canine shed. Coincident- 
ally a much-qiioted maxim on 
the same theme has been going 
the rounds of stag circles in the 
U.S.A. concerning the conse- 
quences of such wifely strategy. 

It's an unusual development 
but contributing much to the 
word-of-mouth the program is 
now enjoying. 



INSURANCE 
SUIT VS. WHOM 



The Metropolitan Life Insurance 
Co. filed a $250,000 suit in the N. Y. 
federal court Monday (30), against 
the New Jersey Broadcasting Corp., 
claiming libel. Defendant operates 
station WHOM, and the alleged libel 
occurred between Jan. 1, 1939,- 
Aug. 29, 

It is asserted in the complaint, 
which contains 10 causes of action, 
each seeking $25,000. that the radio 
station broadcast some 40 times 
weekly, by means ot electrical 
transcriptions in Italian, informa- 
tion concerning insurance com- 
panies, and more particularity the 
plaintiff, which were' false. 

Among some of the charges were, 
that it is better to invest in stocks 
and lotteries than in endowment 
policies. The plaintiff company 
was also accused of circulating a 
pamphlet, containing slander, ac- 
cording to the broadcasts. 



Two Cast Changes In 
Ivory's 'Mary Marlin* 

Karl Weber has replaced Bob 
Bailey and Fern Persons replaced 
Betty Lou (Derson in 'The Story of 
Mary Marlin' (Ivory) on NBC. 

Other roles now written out in- 
clude those formerly or intermittent- 
ly pjaycd by Frank Pacelli, Cliff 
Soubier, Herbert Butterfield, Dolores 
Gillen, Helen Behmillcr, Butler 
Mandeville, Betty Ito, Helen Van 
Tile, Howard Hoffman. 



General Rearranging of NBC Skeds 
As P&G and Sterling Swap Spots 



A? the result of a time swap with 
Sterling Products, Procter Sc Gamble 
is now able to realign the broadcast 
schedule of ils daytiine serials on 
NBC, so a; to concentrate all but two 
ot them in the morning stretch. 
Tiirough the shift, which becomes ef- 
fective Monday, Nov. 13, P. & G. also 
solves the current dilemma of hav- 
ing one P. & G. show competing with 
another for an audience. 

Sterling Products benefit from the 
deal by likewise getting a closer con- 
tinuity of iU serials. 'Young Wid- 
dcr rown' and 'Lorenzo Jones,' now 
running from 11.15 lo 11.45 a.m. are 
being switched to the 4.30-5 p.m. 
period, or immediately following 
■Backstage Wife' and 'Stella Dallas,' 
•Brown' and 'Jones' retain their same 
red network hookups, with Sterling 
Products havilig the 4 to 5 p.m. span 
.•\ll t.-j iUelf. The P. & G. serials 
which currently occupy the 4.40-5 



p.m. .segment ot the red are 'Vic .ind 
Sade' and 'Midstream.' 

Lolsa Shiftins 

NBC affiliates complain thit the 
scheduled juggling involved in the 
P. 8i C'. rcallignmcnt is proving a 
headache. Tlicy not only have to 
shift spot or local programs that oc- 
cupy some of the newly requisitioned 
periods but arc faced with the prob- 
lem of respotting chainbreak an- 
nouncements. Certain breaks had 
6een stipulated by the announcement 
buyers because of the ratings ot cer- 
tain of these morning or aflornoon 
network commercials, and if the 
chainbreak announcement is to move- 
along with the network shov/ it 
means getting another chainbreak 
buyer to consent to having his own 
announcement switched elsewhere. 

No time change is cintcmplatei? 
tor P. & C.'s four .serials on CBS 
which runs from 1 to 2 p.in. EST. 
Following is the P. & C, .schedules 



which become -effective on NBC 
Nov. 13. 

RED NETWORK 

Man 1 Married (Oxydol) 

10-10:15 a.m. 

Road 0/ Life iChvpso) 

11:15-11:30 am: 

Against the Stormy (Ivory) 

11:30-11:45 a.m. 

Cuiding Light (.Naptha) 

11:45-12 noon 

The O'Neilts Uvory) 

■ 12:15-12:30 p.m. 

Vir and Sade (Crisco) .. .3:45-4 p.m. 

JVficJslrcnm (Teel) 5:15-5:30 p.m. 

BLUE NETWOEK 
Life Can Be Beautiful (Ivory) 

9:45-10 a.m. 

Right 16 Happiness (Crisco) 

10:15-10:30 a.m. 

Mary Marlin (Ivory) . . 

10:30-10:45 a.m. 

Pepper Yoxmg's Fatnily (Camay) 

10:45-11 a.m. 

Trouble With Marriage (Oxydol) 

11-11:15 p.m. 



Reports that the American Federa- 
tion of Radio Artists contemplated" 
the licensing of agents in the radio 
field appear to be without founda- 
tion. The stories emanated from the 
Coast' and presumably the franchis- 
ing would be begun there. How- 
ever, in New York, that is also said 
to be untrue. Figured the belief 
that the union planned such action 
sprung froni the fact that the Screen' 
Actors Guild, AFRA affiliate, Is 
about to issue licenses to agenLs. 

Although AFRA does figure on 
handling the agent situation ulti- 
mately, it cannot do anything in 
that .direction for at least a couple 
ot years. Reason is that its hands 
are tied by. its sustaining contract 
with the networks, which contains 
a clause specifically barring any 
steps or regulations affecting the 
broadcasting companies' artist bu- 
reaus. Since AFRA cauld hardly 
discriminate against the other agenLs 
and let the network artist bureaus 
operate unhampered, it must wait 
for the expiration of the sustaining 
contract. The networks operate their 
artist bureaus on the Coa.st as well 
as in the east, so the situation ap- 
plies there also. 

An Ambition 
. There is little doubt that the radio 
union will try to assume regulation 
of the agents when the present con- 
tract, expires. In fact that is one of 
the expressed aims of the officials 
and membership. But the one effort 
to deal with the situation under the 
existing code was blocked by NBC 
when it won an arbitration case for 
the. right to charg^- commissions on 
minimum fees. The code states that 
all minimum fees must be net, but 
the network won the verdict on the 
ground that statement was contrary 
to the understanding of both parties^ 



Mrs. George Kaufman s 
Radio Script Build 
For Zasu Pitts' Humor 



Riithrauff 8c Ryan is auditioning a 
daytime serial, scripted by Beatrice 
(Mrs. George S.) Kaufman and star- 
ring Zasu Pitts. Understood the 
agency has several clients mulling it, 
but nothing imminent Herschel Wil- 
liams is working with Mrs. Kaufman 
on it 

Script is said to deal with a plain- 
tive heroine who considers herself 
still engaged to a man she last saw 
18 years ago and who gets fired from 
a beauty, shop because she can't tell 
a lie when the customers ask it they 
don't need expensive facial treat- 
ments. Several installments have 
been recorded for auditioning. 

Mrs. Kaufman collaborated on one 
produced play and has written sev- 
eral books. She was formerly east- 
ern story editor for Samuel Gold- 
wyn. 



DUPONT XAVALGADE' 
SEEKS CHOICE SPOT 



DuPont will return its 'Cavalcade 
ot America' as soon as it has picked 
a satisfactory -evening half-hour on 
cither CBS or NBC. It will malce 
the fifth year for the series. 

B.B.D. & O. is the agency. 



Loots on Campbell 



Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, 
who have not been on the radio 
heretofore, will appear Dec. 17 on 
the Orson Welles-Campbell program 
over CBS. 

Will use George Bernard Shaw'» 
'The Doctor's Dilemma.' 



20 



VARIETY 



RADIO 



Wcdncedajt November 1, 1939 



OKLAHOMA CITY: FULL ORCHESTRA 



By EDGAR A. GRUNWALD 



Oklahoma City, Oct. 31. 

Oklahoma City is one of those urban islnn(1.<: in the Great 
I'lains poi-tion of the U. S. where trade, distribution and 
culture come to a focal'point. No additional amount of de- 
scription or statistics can improve, on thr.t marketing con- 
■ cept. Oklahoma City is wholly and thoroughly an island of 
men in a sea of wheat snd cotton, and livestock. There isn't 
much manufacturing, barely one-quarter of the. population 
being engaged in that occupation. But there i.i a lot of dis- 
-tributfon, a lot of wholesaling, and a lot of retailing; There' 
Is also oil; but oil is an old slory liere (and one whose 
(Clamour has long since gone throiigh the wringer). The 
people in Oklahoma City read livestock reports as carefully 
«s they read the weather. They don't read and talk much 
about oil, and the Chamber of Commerce is glad of it. 

Because Of its insular importance, Oklahoma City got some 
ijidio stations early in radio's history. . As usually is the 
<:i\Ke, one station invited competitors which in turn invited 
jiiorc competitors— a- ring-around-the-ro.sy which wound up • 
in a total of four stations for a city with barely 200,000 popu- 
lation. That's ■ plenty of stations. In fact, it's enough to 
cause some pretty lively activity of a sort which is uniquely 
Interesting. 

TOPS DALLAS BY VIRTUE OF 
SALES PROMOTION MARGIN 

To appreciate this unique to-do, it must be remembered 
that Oklahoma City hasn't a single high-wattage station, nor 
one even beyond the regional-power class; 5,000 watts is tops 
here.. And yet—in the face of the lime buyer's yen. for 
wattage — Oklahoma City does over $250,000 of national spot 
business per year, which is more than Dallas does with two 
50,000-watlers. ■ The answer reduces itself to this: The sta- 
tions here promote themselves; they toot their own horns. and 
their favorite is the tuba. Coming from a trade journal, that 
statement offhand smacks of commercial collusion. And yet 
the facts speak for themselves; No 50,000- waiters — no reason 
for them — no applications for them — and yet Oklahoma City 
in 1937 licked, every other station- in its area — including 
Cnlla.<!, Fort Worth, Houston and San. Antonio — in national 
spot dollar volume, rates and wattage notwithstanding. How 
was it done? Promotion. That made the difference between 
liiediocre and good business, 

Prime exponent of this promotional activity has his- 
torically been the Oklahoma Publishing Co., whose well- 
ballyhooed. WKY has entrenched itself l.ehino a promotional 
barrage of singular scope. This activity has set the keynote 
for the city, and will undoubtedly evoke a refrain from the 
other stations (all otiwhich are currently under quite new 
management and oiJWation).. A promotion manager in this 
town is, or gets to be, a bigshot. He represents the margin 
of difference between Oklahoma City, as a big moneymaker, 
and Oklahoma City as just another radio burg. 

WKY, owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Co. (Oklahoma 
City Times and Oklahoman), is the oldest station in town. 
Affiliated with the NBC Red, it is housed in- a big, new plant 
And is brimming with business. A sensible amount of mer- 
chandising is carried on, and a sensible rate card is the rule. 
The latter, for the sake of simplicity, has only three tiine- 
classiflcations nationally and two locally. Operated -with a 
minimum of frills, WKY beneflts heftily by the prestige of its 
parent papers and by their public relations work throughout 
the area. 

Edgar T. Bell, secretary-treasurer, is head of WKY, bridg- 
ing over into this capacity from his newspaper niche. Actual 
station direction is carried on by. Gayle V. Grubb, a WKY 
man of 11 years* standing.- Bob Chapman is commercial 
manager, and Allan Clark, onetime arranger for Phil Harris' 
orchestra, is musical director. Jim Cox is publicity director 
<an esoteric young man who has written monographs on 
military tactics). Jim Meyerson, also promotion manager 
for the papers, handles the WKY ammunition, and a bang-up 
job it is (now being copied in whole or part by several other 
Etations). 

Programming is under the care of Naiph Abodaher, here 
obout a year after a .stretch at WLW and WJR. Music and 
drama stand out best ^in the free spots left for WKY local 
programming, with a slight nod in the direction of hillbillies. 



There's a nme-piece houi^e band, showcased in a 'Cameos of 
Melody' stanza fed to NBC and 'Reminiscing in Rhythm,' a 
period of familiar music. Market reports get considerable 
emphasis, being aired thrice daily. Aunt Siisan (Mrs. ' 
Adams) heads the cooking school, holding forth -from a re- 
splendent new kitchen in the WKY setup. Hillbillies include 
the Anderson Prichnrd Swingbillies and the Roughriders 
(union musicians, but working imder special scale). Ken 
Wright Is organist, and I^ee Norton is vocalist. By way of 
dramatic fare, two shows — scripted by Abodaher — are aired, 
One is the 'WKY Variety Theatre' and the other is an 'Un- 
solved Mys'eries' stanza (precisely what- its name .suggests), 
which gets about 200 letters per week. Football, broadcast 
■ sustaining, is spieled by John Shafer, with Grubb giving the 
color. University and civic tie-ins are sufficient. 

RELATIVELY NEW MANAGEMENTS 
AT HELM OF KOMA, KTOK, KOCY 

KOMA, an oldtimer dating back to 1923, is the fighting 
- newcomer in the web picture here. 'Newcomer', may appro- 
priately be tagged to this oldie, for only about a year ago 
Heacet sold the station to the Griffin interests (KTUL, Tulsa, 
and wholesale and food business). A picture of the pro- 
gressive value of this property may be obtained from the sale 
prices variously placed on this station: originally worth 
$75,000, it was sold to Hearst tor $225,000; and Hearst in turn 
sold it to Griffin for $315,000. Neal Barrett (who once man- 
aged the station for his imcle before Hearst bought it) Is 
currently the No. 1 man. He's been in radio since 1927, 
originally having started in San Antonio as sports spieler 
and liecturer. 

KOMA is avowedly trying to operate, along th; lines of 
CBS owned-and-opsrated stations. That means, in short, 
plenty of promotion and alert salesmanship and-S«"-ogram- 
ming. Barrett has a good studio setup, and a big staff, num- 
bering 43 overall. Business is divided as follows: 45% net- 
work; 35% local, and 20% national spot (a good, healthy 
division). Commercial duties are handled by Jack Howell, 
fbrmerly KRLD, Dalla.<!, and the Texas State Network. Wil- 
bur Lukenbill has been program director for the past four 
years, and Bill Anderson, previously with KNX, is promotion 
manager. The latter's activities include bulletins to various 
classes of retailers- and letters to sponsors and agencies. Mer- 
chandising policies are devised in imitation of CBS. 

Programming is along variety lines. A musical clock, con- 
ducted by Roger King . and John Rogers, heads off the day. 
Paul Christiansen batons a nihe-piece house-band which per- 
forms variously thereafter. Livestock reports and news are 
spotted strategically. Bob Duren spiels sports, while Cathe- 
rine Cunningham takes care of home economics. Wooing of 
farmers and civic events are carried on regularly. A quar- 
tet, remote from Oklahoma A. & M. College, and a quiz show 
are also prominent on the schedule. 

KTOK is another oldie recently acquired by new manage- ■ 
ment. Originally launched in .'927, it came under Harold 
Hough's control about two years ago. It's affiliated with the 
NBC Blue, Mutual, and the Oklahoma Network. Between 
this trio the bulk of the pi-ogram time is well occupied. When 
the.. chain schedule is not being aired, special events, news, 
and spot-interest stuff are put On. Hillbillies arc out, though 
a Saturday night barn dance with fiddle bands (somewhat 
a la WLS) is run from 9:30-10:30. 

Ken Douglass manages KTOK. He's been here a year after 
six years of WBAP duties. Tom Johnson is commercial man- 
ager and Harold Shreve is program director. 

KTOK is making a heavy drive for local and national spot 
business. Merchandising is intended to play u strong part 
in this campaign. Talks and letters to dealers, posters, etc., 
are part of this rigmarole. The station also buys about 2,000 
inches of space annually in tlie local shopping news. Addi- 
tional local good-will is being cultivated by remotes to the 
capital. O'klahoma University, high schools, and municipal 
auditorium. Civic stunts— ^including radio classes for high 
schools — get more than a fair amount of tiine. 

KOCY makes still a third station whose management Is 
new, although its lifetime is old 'dating to 1925). Once 
owned by a church, the station less than two years ago came 



muXet the ownership of the Plaza Court Broadcasting Co.— a 
trio comprised of Charles Edward Johnson (lawyer), M. S 
McEldowney (contractor), and John Thomas (business man)I 
Persistent local rumors that WKY largely owns KOCY ar* 
. unfounded. The closest that the Gay lord (WKY) interests 
come to having a part in KOCY Is that Gaylord owns, some 
of the real estate in. which the plant is housed. Any other 
Interests appear to be negligible or non-exlstant. 

Matt Bonebrake, once commercial manager of WKY, Is 
chief executive here, while Marvin Krause, also ex-WKY 
handles programming. KOCY is a true exponent of the 
^porls-music-news formula and Is aimed directly at local 
business; The station operating policies are direct, simple, 
and cagey. They amount to this: put on. good transcribed 
music every time a competitor is running drama (especially 
daytime serials). This formula. Of course, is surefire. KOCY 
additionally carries the ball games in simimer— with Ted 
Andrews announcing— and airs news every hour on the 
hour. Community fare gets lots of emphasis, and so do such 
high-class stanzas as lectures by Dr. Alice So iverj (parent- 
child problems), and programs engineered by the various 
schools. Dolores Fuller gives a 'Women in the Nev/s' serie.s, 
and there's a morning musical clock handled by Lou Hart- 
man. Hillbilly music is ised, but rather sparingly. 

Commercial managership is under the eye of Sammy Jone.?. 

In passing, it may be remarked of Oklahoma City that the 
department stores do .some advertising, generally using an- 
nouncemenls. 

THE CUSTOMERS 

Akron l..-\mii Oiinlhv-r-Drnilfnnl* 

II. C. ni'inp ly .Unrvcy-.MniisfnKnlc* 

Pc.lui.l.iilt T.ulm ir. K. Knator* 

rirl.";lnl-Myi-iS iMliilt Ituli).. YaunK A Mublcnm* 

"'il<l< Arthur Kuilner* 

H. iiimr-ncnKny Wm. Enly* 

niii"\-.i wnti-h ; , niow* 

riyor nnlrilrk Pllluk* 

'.•.irlor »'ro'4ucln , Spot nro.ndi-A.xtlnK* 

<^'<ni-'>y , .., ...Prdhir A nynri 

-<:nRlntlt:>n TolI'^frlrB. .IT. W. ■ ICnstOr* 

■ 'hntt.iiiouK.i M>'il|.Mnc ■ ; .NVlnnn C^hcsniBli* 

Crown Corn & Scnl Pen). Eshloninn* 

Chryolor niithrntifr & RyBM* 

Dr. Cililvvi ll Donton & nowlos* 

Dr. HMn C;nrk N. W. Ayor 

Dr. PcKPOr Trnry.t<irk<'-DAW«oii 

poaxe lluihr.-iiitf A nyan* 

K.vLnx ..Jn.-i. Kntz* 

F'-nnnmInt .....Wm. -Eslv* 

Folitrr CoK'c i.ori1 fc -ThoMi;i» 

FlrC-'stone ..Hwrrncy A Jnjnc9 

Fori] Motor .McCnnn-BrlckROU* 

K"K1<T-Mllt.«rne .Spot nrondcnstInK* 

Ocneriil .Villi Kno.T Hfovos 

Ooncrol Mlllo Hlnckrtt-.Samplc-Hiiinmcrt 

0<il(l Tip Ouni PIrort* 

Oo.ulvfnr : ; Arthur Kiidncr 

'^rlfiln ". '. Itormlngti.tm-CnBLIoninn-Ptcn'O 

O.nrit-Thomii.'* - U. J. Pott.H* 

Coldfn I'M<-o-k H. W.. Knitor* 

Or<-nl Wo.itcrn f^wr oCimn-BHrkFon* 

<:rovo> nronio-Qlilnlno .Stack-Goblc* 

Imperial SuKnr Tracy-Lorkr-D.iwson 

Intorsl;itP '"ollon Oil Crook Adv.* 

Ironlzf-1 Tcn.1t Ttuthroiiir A nynn 

I. !ivii gmn Inckeii-Snniplo-Hummrrt 

T.oyc-r nroji.' .Spry - nuthriilllT A Ryan* 

J,-n A Porrlnr. .Sohv.lmmor A Scotl* 

I.o« Angflea .Voap (Whito KImk) llaymond n. Moriren* 

I.iidcns ; J. M. Mnthes* 

Mnnilo Tj»mp. ; Frp.9bii-Fdlf rsrl'rcaha 

Monlhol.lt>i:n. . . : ;. : . .Dlllnrd Jni-ob»» • 

Northwi stern Ye.iat Ilnye MnfFiirlnnd* 

N.TRh B'-o.i. I>ruc ; Cole A Co.* 

Pi>stnl TeleKrnph ", DIo^v* 

Procrf-ia Erewlns ; Westhtlmer* 

P.K'(Miin"s. ■ Wnl. Ealy* 

I'»nl(k A Ford.. -. ..nnHAO 

J'lymouth J. silrlinif Gftohell* 

Post nr;in Benton A Bowleg 

Pelrr Pniil .Plnlt Forbe/i 

rii^ld Murdoch noRera A Smith* 

nCA Plrect 

.nnlsinn Pprlnr*. Giintner 

Slerlinff Iniui-jince. .- Neul*- 

Si>ldlltz r.iint & Varnl.ih Il.nrrona Adv.* 

KMty Oil Inekctt-Snniplc-Humiinert 

Kranoo MrC.inn-Erlekaon 

Slud■^bakcr ; .Hoche, WllUiima A .Sunnynchnm 

."iwirt J. Walter Thompson* 

Vl'-k Moree International* 

Wander Co ; Inckett-Sample-ltummert* 

■Wlneh.iTKer E. H. Ilrown* 

WorWa Products Aubrey Moore &. Wollac* 

* Acroii. ,a marked nith en eateilsk use time ecements o( leae thaa 
five minutes. 



Apple Growers, 
War Losers, to 
r Use U.S. Radio 



Seattle, Oct. 31. 

Owing to war In Europe cramping 
export of 'Washington State apples, J. 
Walter Thompson agency is turning 
to the American market and is plot- 
ting a radio schedule .in effort to 
push sales. .Agency expects coop- 
eration of some 150,000 dealers. 

Proposed campaign will be nation- 
y/ide and consist mostly of spot an- 
nouncements. Norton W. Mogge, 
Pacific Northwest manager of agency 
said advertising boost for apples will 
be one of the most outstanding ex- 
periments in fresh fruit advertising. 

Britain in particular has always 
taken large cargoes of apples from 
this sector as well as from Canada. 



3d Young & Rubicamer 
Joins Talent Agency 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. 

Talent buyer Clare Olmstead has 
joined the A & S Lyons Coast radio 
department. He's third to shift to. 
percentery from Young & Rubicam. 

Others were Don Stauffcr and Bill 
Stuhler. 



AL BORDE'S CBS DEAL 



Chicago Agent Will Represent Co- 
lumbia Artists, Inc. 



Parks with Rockwell 

Chicago, Oct. 31. 

James Parks, formerly with the 
William Morris office, has joined the 
Kockwell General Amusement agency 
in charge of local radio department. 

After leaving the Morris agency 
Parks had been in the radio division 
of the Gardner advertising agency in 
St Loim 



Chicago, Oct. 31. 

Al Borde, Chicago talent agent, 
has closed a deal with Columbia 
Artists, Inc., whereby he will rep- 
resent CBS artists in Chicago and 
the adjacent midwest. He will con- 
fine his efforts to booking tal- 
ent for theatre personal appearances 
and cafes, whitih assignment links 
him with Jack Birtell, the bureau's 
personal appearance manager in that 
territory. 

Connection ■ will not mean Borde's 
withdrawal from his own- agency 
business. He will continue to han- 
dle his own list of talent and shows. 
Borde is exclusive booker for sev- 
eral top midwest cafes and is per- 
sonal manager of several attrac- 
tions. 



Junior VTatson In 'Vermont 
Loren P. Watson, Jr., is now con- 
tinuity director of WNBX, Spring- 
field, Vt. 

He was formerly program direc- 
tor of WFAS, White Plains, N. Y. 



WISN, MOwaakee, Bids 
Public Tone in WTMJ 
To Please Erwin-Wasey 



Chicago, Oct. 31. 
Erwin-Woscy agency put over an 
exploitation tie-up in Milwaukee 
yesterday (Monday) when the Car- 
nation (Contented program on NBC 
saluted- Milwaukee and Wisconsin. 
Though this program is regularly on 
WTMJ in Milwaukee,- the rival WISN 
station sent OHt invitations to listen- 
ers to tune in WTMJ for this tribute 
program. 

.Erwin-Masey asked all other sta- 
tions in Milwaukee to cooperate in 
this manner but only Gaston Grignon, 
general manager of WISN, actually 
went down the liiie in this manner 
by asking its friends not to listen to 
WISN at that time but to dial into 
WTMJ. 
Next city will be Nashville. 



'Experience' Ends Dec. 22 



Hollywood, Oct. 31. 

'■Voice of Experience' (Sayle Tay- 
lor) is washing up his three-year 
radio association with the Lydia 
Pinkham account on Dec. 22, 

Sponsor trouble reported reason 
for termination.' 



Warren Sweeney, chiief announcer 
at WJSV, Washington, Joins CBS 
New York staff this week. 



Benchley' Guest Dates 
As He Quits Old Gold 

Bob Benchley, who winds up with 
Old Gold (NBC) Nov. 14, is set to 
do three guest appearances during 
November. Meanwhile he is work- 
ing . with CBS on the building of a 
new package show starring himself. 

The guest , spots consist of 'Pur- 
suit of Happiness* (CBS), this Sun- 
day (5); 'Information, Please' (NBC), 
Nov. 21; and Gulfs Screen <3uild 
show (CBS), Nov. 25. 



WQXR RECAPITALIZES 

Increases Stock Structure (« Finance 
Expansion 

Albany, Oct. 31. 

Interstate Broadcasting Co., Inc., 
which operates WQXR, N. Y., has 
increased its capital stock from 2,000 
shares, 1,000 shares at $50 par value 
and 1,000 shares at ho par value, 
to 2,530 shares, 1,000 of which are 
to have a par value of $50 and the 
rest no par value. 

Papers to this effect have been 
filed with the secretary of state by 
Rosenberg, Goldmark & Colin. 

CoTcrs Expansion 
Ralph Colin, of the above law 
firm (which also represents CBS), 
explained that the purpose of the' 
capital reorganization was merely to 
allow for additional money to cover 
contemplated technical expansions. 
The station is due to go to 5,000 
watt& 



Music Occupies 
Attention Of 
Broadcasters 



Executive board of the American 
Federation of Musicians, which 
go'es into session in New York to- 
day (Wednesday), is slated to take 
up the matter of negotiating a re- 
newal of contract with the broad- 
casting industry. The present two- 
year agreement expires Jan, 18. 

The executive committee of In- 
dependent Radio Network Affiliates 
also meets in New York today 
(Wednesday) and there is a possi- 
bility that during its stay its spokes- 
men will contact the AFM's execu- 
tive board. . Purpose of the IRNA 
gathering is to lay the groundwork 
for the negotiations with the AFM. 

Still a third session this week in- 
volving radio is that of the NAB s 
board of- directors, which got to- 
gether yesterday (Tuesday) for a 
two-day discussion of its Broadcaist 
Music, Inc., project. The same board 
is due in Chicago tomorrow (Thurs- 
day) for a meeting on the industry 
code. At this meeting It will accept 
Elliott Roosevelt's resignation ma a 
member 'of the association. 



RADIO 



VARiETY 



21 



WHAT MAKES A STATION 



Farm Stations and 'Service 

^♦■♦♦♦♦■♦-♦•♦♦♦t ♦♦♦ ♦ »♦♦>»♦»♦»■>♦»♦♦♦♦»>»♦»»»♦ »♦♦-»-♦-»-? 

P.ioadcHslcrs catering to rural aiKlii-nccs are nearly unanimous in 
declariiis' t'lat a friendly informal style of speeeh over tlie -xiir is 
ahsolnlely essential as a first step to ixjiMilai iiy. The fanner likes 
an easy-goinp;, non-pretentious announcer and t-nierlainers o[ similar 
stri|ie. Hut— tliis is notable — many farm broadcasters caution 
against overdoing the homcfolksy stnlT. 'I he niinute it becomes de- 
lilK'raic hokum, the farmers smell the pliDnoy louch and resent it. 
Ii appears thjit in many sections the sodbuslers dislike hillbilly 
music. 

.\ universal accent on farm information is reiKirtcd. Some of the 
comment of station men is reproduced below : 



Craig- Lawrence 

Commercial Manager . 
KRNT-KSd, Des Moines 



'III jorvicing the farmer, there are 
five chief lactors to consider as I 
.si!e it. (O reaching the farm men, 
(2> leaciiing the farm women, Ci) 
daytime .service, (4) nighttime serv- 
ice. IS) personal service over and 
beyond the broadcasting, 

'Of course, there are a good many 
pi-o:;iains lhat appeal to both farm 
men and farm women and a good 
niaiiy times during the 'early m6rn-' 
ini;. noon and evening when they 
both listen together. However, the 
farm man wants new.s, he wants 
sports, stiangety enough; he wants 
laini information such as weather 
ri'ports. • temperature reports and 
general educational' farm informa- 
tion and wants all of these over and 
above tl>e entertainment which the 
radio station has to offer. I said 
'spoi ls, jlraiifiely enough,' because I 
think' lliat a lot of radio stations 
overloolc the farmer's interest in 
sports and athletics. Our newspaper 
discovered it quite some tima ago in 
one nt tlieir surveys when they were 
chedcinK up on reasons why people 
bounlit the Des Moines Register. 

Tliey had quite an exhaustive sur- 
vey made among people in different 
lines of -work and profession;;. 
Ainoni; tlie farmers, the chief reason 
for buying the Register was not the 
faiin paste or the markets or the 
pictures or the comics, but the com- 
plete si)oi t section. . 
. 'In serving the farm women, I be- 
lieve tliat we have a somewhat sim- 
pler jot) than v/e have in serving the 
farm men. This is due to the fact 
that farm women like the same type 
of shows in the daytime, namely the 
serial slofies and script programs 
but also do like some old-time music 
and hymns worked in with it. We 
believe that they don't like a solid 
diet of daytime script shows but ap- 
pieciate a variety in which the bulk 
might be the script shows but 
broken with good music of the old- 
favorite popular type.' 



Markets should be bi'oadcn.st as .soon 
after tlie trairsaclion Has been made 
as po.ssible. They don't care for fu- 
tures markets, however. They want 
today's cash price of wheat, corn, 
cotton, eniis, butter, etc. IT IS EX- 
TREMELY IMPORTANT that the 
weather and market broadcasts go 
on at exactly the SAME TIME each 
day.' 



Howard A. Miller 

General Manager 
WGIL, Calesburg, /II. . 



'A farm station should broadcast 
a variety of markets every day and 
disseminate news and information to 
its audience.. This should be done 
only after a survey has been made 
which would show the most con- 
venient listening lime for the 
farmers.' 



George Blumenstock 

Geiiernl Manager. 
WSKB, McCoiiib, Mis-i. 



Charles Stookey 

Director of AffriciiUure 
KMOX, St. Louis 



'In my opinion, a farm radio sta- 
tion should: — 

'1. Be friendly. Announcers should 
be themselves and not assume a role 
on the air. However, the friends- 
. aiid-iieighbors business should not 
be overdone. 

'2. Not be corny or rube style. 
Farmers that listen to the radio are 
not tiicks. Many of them have col- 
lege degrees, and most of them are 
at least high school graduates. 

'3. Have a variety mu.sical pro- 
gram. So-called 'hillbilly' music 
throughout the day does not make a 
farm station. Farmers' tastes in 
music are no different than those of 
his city cousin, except that more of 
his cily cousins may be educated to 
appreciate opera and the classics. 

'i: The day's program should carry 
nationally known big name pro- 
grams if network service is avail- 
able. Many farmers in the past have 
expre.jsnrt dissatisfaction with chain 
radio. However, today they'll be 
found discussing last night's Lux 
Radip Theatre or Town Hall pro- 
Sriini. same as other folks, do. 

'5. Maintain a complete news. 
.wealli;:r and market schedule. In 
askiiis- farmers what thc^y like in the 
^vay of. radio service, most of them 
t^rsl said, 'news, weather and mar- 
Uols." They like news early in the 
Miorning, at noon and early evening. 




INM eUllDUP 



The Elements of Station Per- 
aonality As Defined by 
Broadcasters Themselves 
In a Canvass Preliminary 
to Variety's Annual Show- 
manship Survey 



The Talues' In Showmanship 



^* ******************* *^* n tttt m >♦♦«♦♦♦♦♦, 

The leading elcincnts in local management policv that 
\'AKjin v ought to consider in its community showmanship sur- 
vey as reported (in response to a preliminary questionnaire) by 
43 station executives who were asked to name the important ac- 
tivities and number tbcii)., one to live: 

ELEMENT TO BE IJS RELATIVE IMPORTANCE 

WEIGHED AS ITEMIZED IN REPLIES 



I 'Outside of WLS, Chicago, I did 
Lnot kno.w that there was such a 
thing as a Farm Radio Station. Most 
of our small stations are located in 
pretty well populated smaller metro- 
poti'uan centers. That is about the 
case that we are in. 

',\Uhough we have' been on the 
air only a few weeks we already 
have developed a number of very 
excellent community programs such 
as: 

'1. Devotional Hour each day par- 
ticipated in by 10 of the leading min- 
isters, together with visiting minis- 
ters from nearby towns. 

'2. We have a 'special program for 
our Health Center in which health 
talks are given. 

'3. We have a High School pro- 
gram daily, in which the students 
and [acuity participate, 

'4. We have 12 studio programs 
on. Sunday, in which we have strictly 
Mississippi talent taken from this 
section of the state. 

'5. We have a weekly program for 
the unemployed department for this 
entire section of the state covering 
10 localities. 

'6. We have an Open Forum pe- 
riod in which we permit without 
charge speakers for all parts of this 
area. 

'7. We have a full United Press 
Teletype News Service and give this 
locality as good a news service as 
any City you have in the United 
Slates. 

'8. We are going to have daily 
and weekly programs by remote con- 
trol for 8 different communities in 
this section of the State. Our first 
programs will be from Magnolia, 7 
miles away, and Brookhaven, which 
is 24 miles away. 

'We are very careful in the selec- 

■ tion of our advertising and take very 
' little medical advertising; and keep 
; our copy clean.' 

i Clair B. Hull 

Mniinger, 
WDZ, Tii.'icola, /(I. 

'The fir.st things necessary to a 
: farm station are a sincere altitude 
I townrd the worth of the service it Ls 
I perfoi min;,'. a friendliness towards | 
I iU listeners lhat can't be found on 
I any other type station, a pride in 
: the plain and i'eal things that go on 

in Ihe comnuinitios il embraces, and 
l a genuine desire on the part of the 

sl;ilion to be of service to the people 
I il reaches, particularly those who 

■ arc plain, country, farm people who 
' (Continued on page 47) 



FARM STATIONS 



By BOB L.VNDRY 

In connection with V.viiictv's Show- 
manship Survey for 1939, which wilt 
be made during the month of No- 
vember, various steps are being 
taken to obtain the best available 
outside counsel to add to. cross- 
check and weigh the criteria em- 
ployed by this publication. Ilach 
year since the inaugural of the an- 
nual surveys in 1933, the methods 
■and point of view of the .steering 
commitlse has been enlarged and — 
VAitiitrr believes — improved. "The 
practice of showmanship itself has 
during this period advanced from a 
relatively naive faith' in stunts to a 
liard-boiled awareness that stunts, 
as such, may amount to nolhing more 
important than eccentric exuberance 
discharging energy, but having little 
relationship to showmanship in its 
proper sense. It is now clear that 
stunting, when indulged in exten- 
sively and indiscriminately, may 
cheapen and belittle a station rather 
lhan enhance its standing. Such 
things cannot always be divorced, 
or judged apart, from their circum- 
stances, although some examples 
are, on face value, obviously well 
into dubious territory, as the station 
that sent its mikes to a river's edge 
in the west to describe the Ashing 
Ironi the water of the dead bodies 
washed in from a capsizing. This 
showed alertness, but no taste. 
43 Stations 'Vote* 

In all, 43 stations took the trouble 
(and to them VAittm-T's thanks) t6 
analyze their own attitude on the 
showmanship survey. How they 
'voted' (they were asked to name and 
number the elements of showman- 
ship according to importance, one to 
five), is recorded in an adjoining 
column. It reveals that broadcasters 
assume local showmanship to usually 
imply activity in: 

Ciuic tieups 

Development oj local (aleitt 
News and sports 
Local leaders/tip 
Education-Culture , 

The Comment of Johnny Gillin, of 
WOW, Omaha, seems particularly 
pointed in its cutting through all 
specific details to come at the crux 
of the problem. He poses thi.f chal- 
lenge to station management gener- 
ally: 

'The chief difference between a 
'big time' radio station and a 
'.small lime' station is this: The big 
timer sells radio— sells lisleners— 
sell.s potential buyers. The little 
fellow sells billboards, throw- 
aways, counter cards, direct mail, 
newspaper space — sells everything 
EXCEPT radio.' 
Gillin is hitting— and hard— at one 
type of station activity which . in- 
creasingly is examined through the 
eyes of skepticism.' Several keen 
observers in the hinterland have 
given VARiirry .shrewd footnolos con- 
cerning 'showmanship' outside the 
.station and radio as such. 

Not Carried Through 
John Cleghorn, of WMC. Memphis, 
undcr.scores what he deeins tlic need 
to segregate the idea on paper— the 
press agent's version, so to speak— 
from the idea as complclelv csc- 
cuted and integrated with station 
programming and strategy. Cleghorn 
as.serls. without dispute trom VAuii-.n-y 
thai too often in the past there has 
been a wide chasm between promise 
and performance. This, again, comes 
under the heading of self-amazo- 
menl among the swivel-chair brain- 
wavers. Earl Gammbn.i, of WCC'CJ 
Minneapolis, notes tliat some .ilalion.^ 
(Continued on page 47; 



Civic tie-ups. . , 3-3-3-1-1-1-3-3-5-1-4-1-5-2^5-5-5-2-2-3-2-2-3 

Development of local talent....' 2-2-1-1-1-3-3-1-1-1-1-1-3-5-3-4 

, (Including uses rnade of statT orchestra) 

News ahd sports 4-3-4-5-1-2-3-2-5-2-1-3-2-3-2 

Purely local news 2-5-1-1-2-2-1 

Educational-Cultural (including school tie-ups)..... 4-5-4-1-4-2-4-4-,! 

Balanced schedule 3-1-4-5-4t1-3-1'-1 

Local leadership-by station 5-3-5-4-3-5-2-4-2-4-2-1 

(Including personal participation by staff members in civic activities) 
Coordination of local showmanship with national sales 

representatives .-. 2-5-5-3-1-1 

Quality of announcers 4-5-5 

Attention-Callers (including promotion). 5-5-1-4-4 

Attitude of Service (including eiii'ergencies) 5-4-1-1-3-2-2 

Imaginative staff writers.... ,. 2-4 

Program publicity , 5-5-4-3, 

Methods of meeting competition 2-4-4 

Quality of transmission 5-4 

Stunts : 5-5-5-5 

.Miscellaneous 121 scattered single mentions 



Annoancement 

The Radio 
Showmanship Survey 
For the Year 1939 



Will be completed during the month of 
November and the survey and the accom- 
panying awards published in VARIETY 
early in December. 

Printed Questionnaires ior use by 'stations 
wishing to file a report for consideration 
by the VARIETY Showmanship Awards 
Committee were delivered by Postal Tele- 
graph over the past weekend. 

Any station that has not received a ques- 
tionnaire and "wishes one should TELE- 
GRAPH immediately to — 



154 W. 46th Street 



New York City 



Deadline for Return of Blanks is Nov. 1 1 



1 



22 



VARIETY 



RADIO 



Wednesday, November 1, 1939 



RADIO EDITORS STILL SQUAWK ABOUT 
COMMERCIAL PROGRAM LISTINGS 



Find 'Em Too Close to Advertising for Comfort — 
Skirting the Obvious Plugs Causing Confusion in 
Readers' Minds 



Radio editors around the United 
States continue to complain about 
the surviving practice ot radio ad- 
vertisers adopting program titles so 
closely identified with a trademark, 
or advertising slogan, that the pro- 
gram title cannot possibly be used 
In newspaper text due to the almost- 
universal publication rule that such 
tie-ups are disguised forms of free 
advertising and not to be tolerated. 
The radio editors point out. that not 
only must they be constantly alert to 
stop such titles slipping through in 
program listings on pain of getting 
themselves jammed up with their 
own editorial superiors, but their 
reporting is rendered absurdly diffi- 
cult when they have to write around 
the program title; with the result 
readers sometimes aren't sure what 
radio show the editor is referring to. 

Radio editors play it safe and slash 
anything that might even secondarily 
be considered an allusion to a slogan. 
Philip Morris' 'Johnny Presents,' for 
example, sounds harmless enough, 
but is so Identified with the call boy 
pictured in all the cigarette's adver- 
tising copy that radio editors have 
to delete it. The Silver Theatre can- 
not pass when International Silver is 



Futuristic 



P.M., the long-delayed revolu- 
tionary - type daily newspaper 
projected for publication in New 
York City, had, among its inno- 
vations, the idea of running com- 
plete detailed radio program list- 
ings each day giving the spon- 
sor's name and making no pffort 
to edit. out commercial tie-ups. 

Also understood P.M.-to-be 
planned to establish radio criti- 
cism like theatre and film ditto. 



the sponsor. Such oblique tie-ups as. 
'Your Pet (for Milk) Program' and 
'The Contented Hour' (Carnation) 
are too readily recognized to get by. 

Griffin Shoe Polish's 'Time to 
Shine' title and Model smoking 
tobacco's Model Minstrels are sheer 
finger-snapping in the face of any 
radio editor. 'Aunt Caroline's Golden 
Store' seems an innocent title, but 
the sponsor is Gold Medal Flour, 
which has a sunburst packaging de- 
sign. 

Esso's News Reporter has gotten 
itself so listed in bold face by payin? 
the agate lineage as advertising. This 
is a custom most dailies would like 



to encourage, but the advertisers 
wouldn't. 

There's very little problem In- 
volved in Kraft Music Hall, because 
the star, Bing Crosby, transcends- 
any possibility of confusion. Simi- 
larly the Lux Theatre of the Air is 
such a popularity pace-setter that 
this matter can be taken in stride. 
It's the lesser-known programs that 
shut themselves out of. radio columns 
to greater or lesser extent by follow- 
ing the practice. 

Once Commonplace 
In the early days of radio it wa.s 
commonplace and expected to label 
the shows for the spon.iors, viz. The 
Happiness Boys, the Atwater Kent 
Auditions, Collier's Hour, the Inter- 
woven Pair, Armour's Star Ham 
(Julius Tannen), and' so on. This 
consideration exercised strong mag- 
netism to early sponsors. The ear- 
and-mind image of millions of people 
listening to the Clicquot Cliib Es- 
kimos, the A. & P. Gypsies, or the 
Airy Fairy (flour). Tenor was very 
delectable to the fancy of corpora- 
tion executives. 

Today, however, any attempt to 
identify the program in this, style 
runs the risk of getting very little 
attention in the radio columns. Some 
radio advertisers "think this loss of 
' possible breaks or listings in the 
press is ofltset by the value of tight 
product identification in the radio 
listeners minds. 

In any event, the radio editors will 
certainly continue to dislike aiid con- 
demn the practice and the extra 
work and caution It forces upon 
them. 



D^^rWBT: 



PASTOR AND CHOIR 
GEHING ON BILLING 




What shall I do 
about my cow 
Cynthia? Her 
milk is clabbering' 



That was the problem of a farmer in Bolivia, N. C. And 
from a housewife in the Bronx came this poser : "Dear WBT 
You should see my wilted geraniums! How can I raise their 
spirits (and mine, too) ?" 

The Bolivian cow and the Bronx posies are actual WBT 
"farm problems," typical of the hundreds WBT receives 
and answers— eacA day! From the big-scale tobacco farmer 
to the window-box gardener, all listeners are served by 
the full resources of the WBT Farm Library, probably the 
best equipped source of farm information in radio. (On its 
shelves are 4,300 Department of Agriculture booklets and 
Year Books for the past 18 years!) 

WBT's 13'^ hours of farm service broadcasts each week 
inake agricultiire— the country's largest single industry— 
an easier and more profitable way of living for WBT's mil- 
lions of listeners. WBT is also an easy and profitable way 
for you to reach these millions. Ask any WBT sponsor! 
Or the nearest Radio Sales officer 



How Titles Are Changed 

Frocram Title Editor Cbanees It lo Read 

Enna Jettick Melodies (Shoes) D'Artcga 

Fitch Bandwagon Orchestra 

The Chase & Sanborn Program Charley McCarthy 

Musical Steelmakers (Wheeling Steel) Revue 

'The Voice of Firestone' Margaret Speaks 

Contented Hour (Carnation). ' Opal Craven 

♦Johnny Presents (Philip Mon i.^) ■. Johnny Green orch 

Avalon Time : . . .' .Red Skellon 

Kraft Music Hall Bing Crosby 

Lady Esther Serenade.... ..Guy Lombardo orch 

Cities Service Concert Lucille Manners 

Camel Caravan ...Benny Goodman orch 

Jergens Journal ..r... Waiter' Winchell 

E.sso' News Reporter -. Ne'ws 

Ludcn's Dinner Hour... Music 

Tip Top Show (Ward Baking) .Joe Penner 

Gulden's Serenaders Music 

Silver Theatre (1847 Rogers)..... Conrad Nagel 

Ford Sunday Evening Hour ....James Melton, orch 

Campbell Playhouse • Orson Welle.q 

Caroline's Golden Store (Gold.Medal) : ......Serial 

Tune-Up Time (Ethyl).... Andre Kostclanetz 

Time to Shine (C^'iffin shoe. polish) ...Hal K6mp orch 

Lux Radio Thea Cecil B. DcMille 

Model Minstrels (Model Tobacco) ". Howard and Shelton 

Texaco Star Theatre Ken Murray 

Your Pet Program tPet Milk) Mary Eastman 

* Johnny is name of page boy identified with 'Call for Philip Morris' 
slogan.' 



San Antonio, Oct. 31. 

Unique among seLjgious programs 
on the air. today, the 'All-State 
Church of the Air' is to be heard 
each. Sunday afternoon with the en- 
tire services being broadcast anony- 
mously. Neither the church, the 
choir, the musical director nor the 
pastor is ever identified. Nor is the 
city from which the program origi- 
nates ever mentioned. 

Program is entirely non-denoml- 
national and may originate from any 
one of the 22 member statio'hs of the 
Texas State Network. 



Kate Smith Non-Stop 
To N.Y. as Thomas Subs 

Lowell Thomas and another com- 
mentator as yet unnamed will do the 
Kate Smith noonday broadcasts for 
two days, Nov. 8-9. Miss. Smith is 
currently on the Coast from where 
she will do her evening airing this 
Friday (3). 

Reason for replacement on the 
daytime show is that on those two 
days she will be hurrying back to 
New York, arriving Friday morning 
(10) and won't have time to stop 
en route to do them. Stopped on 
the way out, however. Ordinarily 
Miss Smith does the daytime bits 
from her own apartment in New 
York, each day except Friday, when 
it's done from the studio where the 
evening show is being rehearsed. 



Heiress Turns Spieler 



Cleveland, Oct. 31. 

Katharine Halle, local socialite 
and heiress to Halle department 
store fortune, has turned air com- 
mentator with new type of girl- 
around-town chats over WGAR. 

Started last week by giving rub- 
berneck-wagon impressions of city, 
but will Include society gossip and 
profiles of native celebs. 



NBC PRESS DEPARTMENT 
CHANGES SOME FACES 



A revision of personnel has taken 
place in the New York press pen of 
NBC. Chief changes include designa- 
tion of Bill Neal as day news editor 
and ' Bill Norrls (adopted son 6t 
Kathleen Norris, the novelist) as 
night city editor. Latter joined NBCJ 
in August. 

Meantime, Bill Kostka, head of the 
press dept., has assigned Charles 
Pekor to handle trade and commer- 
cial program stuff, with Art Donegan, 
formerly with Warner Bros., coming 
into radio as his aide. Fred Meai s, 
a recent Yale grad, is also a new- 
comer. 

A return to the fold after an ab- 
sence ot some years is Florenc* 
Marks, in private life, wife of Bosley 
Crowthcr, of the N. Y. Times. 



John Sheldon's Smash-Up 

Chicago, Oct. 31. 

John Sheldon, salesman with the 
WOR (Newark) office here, severely 
injured in an auto accident over the 
weekend. 

Fractured a knee-cap and Indi- 
cates to be laid up two or threo 
months. 



WBT 



50,000 WATTS • CHARLOTTE, N.C. 



Owned and operated by the Columbia Broadcasting System. 
Represented by Radio Sales: New York, Chicago, Detroit 
St Louis, Charlotte, N.C, Los Angeles, San Francisco 




STILL GOING Strang AFTER 492 BROADCASTS 



• WKY puts on big shows in a big way; puts 
on little shows in a big way; too. "Home Folks 
Counsellor," 5-times-a-week S-minute show, 
now in its 99th consecutive week, was origi- 
nated and produced by WKY for Oklahoma 
City Federal Savings 8c Loan Association. It 
was named by the U, S. Building Cs Loan 
League as the most constructive and result- 
ful radio effort by any savings and loan assor . 
ciation in the entire United( States last year. 



One of the outstandingly significant things 
about WKY is its practical understanding and 
ready solution of selling problems in this area. 

WKY Oklahoma City 

900 KC— NBC AFFILIATE 



Owned and Operated bv Thb Oklahoma Publiehinc Co. 
' Refresented Nationally by thb Katz Agency, Inc. 



Wednesday, November 1, 1939 



RADIO 



VARIETY 



23 



FORD SHOW INTO MEXICO 



sPiiSH copy 

TO BE INSERTED 



First Example of a Program 
From United States Going 
on a Hook-Up of Mexican 
Radio Stations 



MUCH RED TAPE 



Fold Motor Co. is feeding ils Sun- 
day evening CBS concerts to a spe- 
cial Mexican network of seven sta- 
tions. The show is picked up by- 
wire from San Antonio, piped to 
Laredo and from tliere to XET, 
Monterey, which siphons out the 
program to the other six Mexican 
outlets. It's the first American net- 
work commercial program that has 
ever been linked up with Mexican 
broadcast facilities. 

The N. W. Ayer agency, which pilots 
the program, has established an an- 
nouncer at Laredo to cut in with the 
Spanish copy. He gets his material 
a week in advance, translates it and, 
following the show's dress rehearsal, 
he engages in telephonic conversa- 
tion with the agency's rep in Detroit, 
which straightens out all the re- 
quired cues. 

Ayer has been workng since last 
February for the Mexican tie-in. The 
job has involved masses of red tape, 
necessitating not only the approval 
of the FCC and U. S. state depart- 
ment, but the imprimaturs of various 
Mexican governmental heads. 



KDKA Unclamps B.R. For 
A Gala Week-End Baliy; 
Fetes New York Admen 



Pittsburgh, Oct. 3L 
KDKA opened the purse-strings 
this week-end to toss the biggest 
party in station's history to dedicate 
the new transmitter. Two-day affair 
planned for Saturday and Sunday 
(4-5), with couple of special cars 
from New York bringing in flock 
of radio editors, and advertising time 
buyers from New York for series 
of dinners, entertainments and 
broadcasts. Station also's tying in 
with local world premiere of 'Alle- 
gheny Uprising' to hail extra-cov- 
erage virtues of new transmitter, and 
on Sunday will get a 65-station hook- 
up, over NBC's Blue from stage of 
Carnegie Music Hall. 

Sherman Gregory, KDKA man- 
ager, will be the official host and 
he's hoping it rains over the week- 
end because one of his stunts is an 
umbrella for each guest and across 
it printed in big letters: 'KDKA, Al- 
ways Complete Coverage. Cuests'U 
get 'em anyway even if it doesn't 
rain. 

Big dinner planned for Saturday 
night at swank Pittsburgh Field 
Club, with cocktail party Sunday af- 
ternoon and broadcast at night, fol- 
lowed by another shindig, winding 
up festivities. Tommy Riggs, who 
got start at KDKA, coming on from 
Chi to m.c. program and efforts were 
still being made yesterday to get 
Sophie Tucker, William Gaxton and 
Victor Moore in day ahead of 'Leave 
It To Me' to star on dedicatory show. 



John Grigsby, radio editor of 
Toledo Blade, in Hollywood. 



Canada Bars Cameron 



Montreal, Oct. 31. 

Ford Hour will no longer be heard in Canada over affiliates of the 
Columbia Broadcasting System (CFRB, Toronto; CKAC, Montreal, etc.) 
due to ban by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. on commentary by 
W. J. Cameron. Wallace R, Campbell, president of the Ford Motor 
'Company of Canada, cancelled the Canadian Ford hookup when the 
CBC ruling aimed at Campion was made known. Campbell said that 
Cameron's intermission talks were a vital part of the Sunday Evening 
Hour and that he preferred to discontinue the entire program here 
rather than drop Cameron, generally regarded as Ford's own alter ego. 

Canadian Broadcasting Corp. has authority to forbid any broadcasts 
by foreign commentators, but many exemptions to this ruling have 
been made in the past. Stations merely notified CBC of name of 
speaker and probable nature of talk in advance and permission was 
usually granted. Ban of Cameron may possibly be enforced for time 
being only, with chances of being lifted after arms embargo legislation 
in Washington is completed. 



I Town Hall Allergic to Sponsorship; 
Has Already Spurned Sundry Offers 



For the current Town Hall of llie 
Air series NBC is contributing $1,500 
a week to the Radio Forum division 
of Town Hall, Inc. With the weekly 
kick-in goes the understanding that 
if the Radio Forum runs inlo a de- 
ficit at the end of the year the net- 
work will fully absorb it. 

The Town Hall air series has from 
time to time had bids for .sponsor- 
ship but the angle has been sidc- 



I stepped on the ground that tlie pro- 
gram could not under such circun)- 
i stances enjoy complete freedom. Ri- 
i gardless of how good the sponsor's 
I intentions might be at the start, the 
I time would come, the Town Hall 
I trustees figure, that he would want 
: to have something to say about .the 
I selection of subjects. The last in- 
i quiry the Hall got was from an iii- 
I .surancc company. 
' Show rates high in popularity. 



''fin* 




VARIETY 



RADIO 



WeJnestlay, November 1, 1939 



Cancel One and Jeopardize Two 
Stations on Charge True Owner 
Was Not Honestly Reported 



I Washington, Oct. 31. 

Disclosures of unauthorized own- 
ership transfers brought the first di- 
rect repercussions from the Federal 
Communications Commission's chain- 
monopoly probe when, last week, li- 
cense of one station was cancelled 
T.nd renewal pleas of two others sub- 
ject to scrutiny. These developments 
■were afterniaths of admissions at the 
lime of the 'monopoly' hearings that 
Glenn D. Gillette, local consulting 
engineer, had financial strings on the 
plants and legally was in a position 
to control operations, although he 
did not figure as an officer or as 
license-holder. 

Consequently, Commish issued 
order revoking the ticket for WSAL, 
Salisbury, Md., and called for evi- 
dence concerning the ownership of 
WBAX, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and 
WQDM, St. Albans, Vt. Temporary 
papers were issued the two latter sta- 
tions. 

The Commish said that fraudulent 
statements were made by Frank M. 
Stearns, the ostensible licensee and 
owner of WSAL, which has a day- 
time franchise for operation on 1200 
kc. Full disclosure was not made. 
FCC declared, about the financial 
arrangements,, which include a mort- 
.fiase held by Gillette. 

Some doubt exists about the legal 
situation relating to the Pennsylvania 
and Vermont plants, but the Com- 
mish said the enginer is 'in appar- 
ent control;' although WBAX is li- 
censed to John H. Stenger, Jr., and 
combination of E. J. Regan and F. 
Arthur Bostwick holds certificate for 
WQDM. Testimony during the chain 
probe was to the effect that Gillette- 
had notes and . other evidence of in- 
debtedness which put him in a posi- 
tion to dictate how the plants are 
run, although witnesses denied he 
exercised the privilege. 



RooseveWs Web 



.Contlntied from pace 1U_ 



prevailed upon the agency to invite 
Fred Weber, Mutual general man- 
aser, into the picture. 

Roosevelt yesterday (Tuesday) 
announced he was going ahead 
with the proposed formation of 
his own crosscountry network. 
He's calling it the Transconti- 
nental Broadcasting System. His 
announcement mentioned a hook- 
up of 100 stations, named New 
York, Chicago and Hollywood as 
the originating points, stated that 
he already had under schedule 20 
hours a week of commercial busi- 
ness and cited the starting date of 
the project as 'within the next 45 
days.' 

The roster of directors for his 
network which Roosevelt an- 
nounced consists of himself. Jack 
Adams. TSN general manager; 
H. J. Brennan, KQV, Pittsburgh; 
Clarence Cosby and John Robert, 
of KXOK, St. Louis, and Lester 
Cox, Tom Evans and Jack Stewart, 
of KCMO, Kansas City. •'None of 
these stations is affiliated with 
Mutual. 

Roosevelt's move indicated a 
break with the Mutual Network 
as far as his Texas Regional is 
concerned, at least, although it is 
understood that the regional's con- 
tract with Mutual, which has a 
year and a half to go, prevents the 
TSN from giving more favorable 
time clearance or better compensa- 
tion arrangements to any other 
network. In other words, the 
TSN gets the full card rate from 
Mutual minus 15%. 

Roosevelt's announcement might 
have alsa been influenced by his 
failure to get CBS to feed the 
TSN with Columbia commercials 
for which regional appendage 
Roosevelt himself would obtain the 





K market conlatning 
1,292,454 familtei 
wiih $2,214,269,000 to 
(pend can't be omitted 
from' any national 
sales program ... 



\ 'Si 



For effective distrlbtt- 
lioii of your advertis- 
ing message in this 
ricli area you must 
have WHAS, ihe radio 
station . lliat gives maxi- 
mum b r o a d c a sling 
power PLUS listener 
reception with the 
LEASr INTERFER. 
ENCE. 

50.000 WATTS 

820 

ON THE DIAL 




"THE COUISVfUf llMfS ' 



orders. Two such orders had been 
obtained by Roosevelt from Texaco 
and Royal Crown Cola but CBS 
thumbed both approache Roose- 
vel:, it was disclosed yesterday, 
goes off Mutual for Emerson Radio 
Dec. 2. 

\vh.ii had primarily inspired 
I Roosevelt's approach to Blackett- 
I Sample-Hummert was the refusal of 
' NBC and Columbia to sell tran- 
scribed' versions of their daytime 
B-S-H serials which could be broad- 
cast at night over non-NBC or non- 
CBS stations. Roosevelt's plan ap- 
pealed to Hill Blackett, and he dele- 
gated George Tormey, a v.p. of the 
agency's New York division, to come 
to Chicago and talk the project over 
with Roosevelt and a group of 
broadcasters that the latter had in- 
vited. 

Those Present 

The Mutual affiliates who turned 
up for the conference were Lewis 
Allen . Weiss, of the Don Lee Net- 
worJt; John Shepard, 3rd, of the 
Colonial Network; William Dolph, 
of WOL, Washington; and H. K. 
Carpenter, of WHK, Cleveland. 
Others in attendance were Clarence 
Cosby, of KXOK, St. Louis; H. J. 
Brennan, of KQV, Pittsburgh; and 
Jack Stewart, of KCMO, Kansas 
City. Weber flew to Chicago from 
New York at the suggestion of one 
of his affiliates. 

According to the Mutual affiliate, 
the impression which Roosevelt had 
previously given them was that he 
was interested in lining up a long 
list of stations which would be free 
to carry transcriptions of the eight 
American Home and Sterling Prod- 
ucts serials. But when Roosevelt, 
according to these affiliates, outlined 
his plan iri Chicago, he talked about 
buying lines from Mutual. The 
latter, he said, would have nothing 
to do with billing the business, nor 
would the broafjcasts involved bear 
the Mutual tag. 

In answer to a question from the 
Mutual affiliates the agency's 
spokesmen explained .hat the- rea- 
son they hadn't called in Mutual 
itself was because they thought that 
Mutual wouldn't be able to deliver 
WOR or WGN. When .Weber was 
later invited in by .the agency he. 
said that he felt confident that these 
two stations could provide the re- 
quired time. The eight serials have 
for several months been cleared in 
transcription form over WMCA, 
New York, and in the event of an 
evening hookup it was Roosevelt's 
idea to retain the same station. 
WCFL was being considered as the 
Chicago outlet for his transconti- 
nental network. 

Blackett Peeved 

Blackett - Sample • Hummert has 
been fuming for some time over 
NBC's and CBS' refusal to let it 
place transcribed versions of the 
eight serials on such non-affiliated 
outlete as KXOK and KCMO. In 
the case of KXOK the agency be- 
came so incensed that it pulled what 
few of its American and Sterling 
Products' serials it had on KSD, the 
red link's St. Louis release. 

Roosevelt's companion during the 
local confabs was Jack Adams, gen- 
eral manager of his Texas State Net- 
w.ork. One of the lookers-in. on 
the talks was Kirby Hawke.s, B-S-H's 
local production manager. Hawkes, 
it will be recalled, was the fellow 
that Hill Blackett brought in to 
coach Alfred Landon in the art of 
radio spieling when the latter was 
the Republican nominee for presi- 
dent in 1936. 



NBC's Explanation 

NBC's policy on the question of 
these evening versions of daytime 
broadcasts is that acetates or waxed 
transcription's may only be made at 
the point of the shows' origin and 
that under no circumstances will It 
permit such shows to be picked up 
for rebroadca'st on a non-NBC sta- 
tion outside such originating spot. 
NBC states that it is willing to sell 
Blackett-Sample-Hummert all the 
transcribed versions of such serials 
providing they're made in New 
York, Chicago, or the point of origin. 
This arrangements, naturally, would 
not work in with B-S-H's idea of 
having the same serials broadcast 
over other stations the same night. 



WALTER HUSTON OUT 
OF MAXWELL SET-UP 



Edward Arnold replaces Walter 
Huston as m.c. on tomorrow night's 
(Thursday) installment of the Max- 
well House Coffee 'Good News' se- 
ries. Huston exits after a run of 
10 weeks. 

For Arnold it's a singleton. There 
will be a succession of giiestees In 
the m.c. spot until a permanent 
figure Is selected. 



Sponsor Temperature: 72 



Ventilating NBC studios is the particular problem of Vincent Gilcher, 
manager of general service at the web's Radio City headquarter.<^ 
Between the audience seated in repose and the actors or musicians 
doing their stuff and inclined to show it, there are confiicting tem- 
perature requirements. NBC .engineers, acting under O. B. Hanson, 
chief engineer, have been trying to maintain variable zones of heat 
in the several studios, notably 8-H, where hot-blooded Arturo Toscanini 
from sunny Italy has his own ideas of a comfortable reading. 

NBC engineers, who from time to time have taken up watch in the 
sponsor booths overlooking the studios and experimented with qiiar- 
ter-degree lowerings of the temperature, have noted the point at which 
the ladies in the audience start to wrap their cloaks closer around 
their shoulders. The official temperature for sponsors is 72 degrees. 



AFRA-GBS CHI TERMS 



Three Main' Clauses in Pact Petrlllo 
Okayed 



Chicago, Oct. 31. 
American Federation of Radio 
Artists and Columbia web here have 
se. final details for the AFRA take- 
over of radio announcers who were 
formerly enrolled in local 10 of the 
American Federation of Musicians, 
yigreement for takeover is as fol- 
lows: 

'(1) AFRA agrees that.. . .it will as- 
sume and take over Ihe agreement 
between CBS and the Chicago Fed- 
cation of Musicians, Local No. 10, 
insofar as it relates to radio an- 
nouncers, with the same force and 
effect as though 'AFRA were sub- 
stituted in the said agreement with 
Chicago Federation of Musicians 
Local No. 10.' With respect to net- 
work commercial .programs covered 
by the AFRA Code of Fair Practices, 
the said Code of Fair Practice shall 
prevail. 

'(2) CBS agrees that it will accept 
and abide by the terms of any award 
in arbitration with AFRA to a'ny 
agreement reached as result of ne- 
gotiations by the Broadcasters' and 
Agencies' Committee with AFRA 
fixing terms and conditions of broad- 
casting in Chicago at stations similar 
to and including WBBM. 

'(3) CBS agrees to release Chicago 
Federation of Musiciaiis Local No. 
10 from any and all obligations under 
the said' agreement as of this date 
insofar as said agreement relates t-o 
radio announcers.' 



AFRA READY 
FOR E.T. PACT 



After a year of preparation, the 
American Federation of Radio Art- 
ists is about ready to approach the 
agencies, networks and transcription 
makers- for a contract covering 
transcriptions and recordings. Tran- 
scription committee finally com- 
pleted its proposed schedule of fees 
yesterday (Tuesday) and the mem- 
bership of the New York local will 
consider it at a meeting tomorrow 
night. (Thursday) at the Edison 
hotel, N. Y. 

Expected that both the agencies 
and' networks will protest against 
application of any code governing 
transcriptions, on the ground that 
the existing contracts already cover 
the situation. Matter is viewed as 
one of interpretation, however, and 
AFRA intends to press for a tran- 
scription deal. ' 



bury Serial Re-cast 



Chicago, Oct. 31. 
Bill Bouchey, Beverly Ruby and 
Lesley Woods have joined the play- 
ers on Pillsbury's serial, 'The Wom- 
an in White,' and Marvin Mueller 
has replaced Glenn Goodwin as the 
doctor. 

Not in 'the action presently are 
Williard Farnum, Kjfhryn Card, 
Sarajene Wells, Henrietta Tedro, 
Sidney Ellstrom, Reese Taylor, Lois 
Zarley, Henry Nathan, Pal Murphy, 
Virginia Payne and Margaret Fuller. 



Gilbert Godfrey has left the CBS 
scripting staff and is taking an ex- 
tended vacation, his first in several 
ye'ars. 



Another Term For Webb 
As Radio Writers* Prexy 



Hollywood, Oct. 31. 

Kenneth Webb continues as pres- 
ident of Radio Writers Guild .of 
America beyond election date Nov. . 
7 as he will be unopposed on the 
balloting. Three regional elecliona 
are slated, with each electing a vice- 
prez, 10 council members and four 
reps to council of Authors League 
of America. 

Coast candidates for v.p. are For- 
rest Barnes, True Boardman, David 
Taylor and Mel Williamson. On Ihe 
district representative slate are 
John Boylan, Donald Clark, Irving 
Reis, John. Slott and Betty Spulla., 
Aspiring to the council are Paiil 
Franklin, Noreen Gammill, Bill 
Johnson, Charles Frederick Lindsley, 
Margaret McKay, Don Quinn and 
Celeste Rush. Council posts re- 
served for staff writers will be con- 
tested by Robert Beahr, David No- 
winson, Thomas Conrad Sawyer and 
Jerome Schwartz. 



Things are 
Happening 
in Baltimore! 

1. "Business in Baltimore" (November issue) now 
being mailed to 3,000 retailers and wholesalers 
in the Baltimore area. 

2. WBAL is outstandingly first in local and na- 
tional spot programs — now broadcasting 110 
each week. (Far more than any other Balti- 
more station — in fact, more than the other two 
major stations combined.) 

3. 12,000 members of the Lone Ranger Safety Club 
will be entertained at the special showing of 
the Shrine Circus featuring Clyde Beatty Sat- 
urday morning, November 11. 

4. "WBAL News," full page advertisements- 
editorial style— in, the Baltimore News-Post, 
bringing the WBAL story into 190,000 homes in 
the Baltimore orea each two weeks. 



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Adverlitinff Man : What's the big idea of taking 
Die,up here? I've seen this view of Pittsburgh 
before. 

NBC Enpineer: Sure you have. But not the 
Millivolt Way. 

A. M.: Humph! Don't be an engineer. Talk 
American. 

Fng.: Well, millivolts are the way we measure 
radio reception: Now that Blue Network'Station 
KDKA has been moved right up to Pittsburgh's 
liant door, millivolts in your language means 
increased sales for your clients. 



A. M. : Sounds good. Talk more American and 
tell me why. 

Eng.: Look at the man below and you'll see 
how tremendously KDKA's service is improved 
in Pittsburgh. 

A. M.: Swell! But how high have rates gone? 
Eng. : They're exactly the same as they were. 
Just one more of the things that make the Blue 
an outstanding advertising buy. 
A. M.: Sort of a bonus to advertisers, eh? 
Eng. : Bonus is right. The kind that makes the 
Blue the best advertising buy in the country I 



merica's lowest cost 
national advertising medium 

Now gives advertisers still another bonus! 




Improved coverage in Pittsburgh! That's the newest bonus 
for advertisers on the NBC Blue Network! 



TOWERING 718 feet into the air, KDKA's new 
UiUenna location... only 8 miles from Pittsburgh 
... a vast improvement in Blue Network service. 



This "plus" in Pittsburgh is possible be- 
cause the transmitter of Blue Station 
KDKA has been moved closer to the city. 
Previously 26 miles away, it is now only 
8 miles out-of-town. Map at right illus- 
trates coverage improvement. 

O/MORE Importance to Advertisers 

This news from Pittsburgh is important, 
of course. But even more inipoi tant to 
advertisers is the fact that the Blue 
Network is making radical clianges in 
other cities, too. . .offenng advertisers bo- 
nus after. bonus... ever and always mak- 
ing the Blue a greater advertising value. 

Only a few months ago the coverage 
of Blue Station KKCA in Los Angclts 
was greatly increased. In months to cotne, 
the Bliie will announce still niore bonusfs 
to advertisers — in the form of technical 
improvements that will "up"' coverage— 
in other cities on the network. 

"Extras" forYou—AtlSo Extra Cost 

It is such things as these that highlight 
the rapidly growing in)porlynce of the 
Blue Network to judicious buyers of ad- 




Dotlcd lines on this map show intensity of KDKA's 
former coverage in Pittsburgh. Solid lines sliowncw 
coverage. I low great an improvement has bciin made 
may be seen from the 23 millivolt line which previ- 
ously covered an area conlaininK 89,214 radio homes 
—now takes in an area wiih 388,800 radio homes! 



verfising time. Because they're "extras" 
that maKe the Blue a more and more 
potent advertising force — at no extra 

cost to you! _ . 

70% of last year's Blue Network ad- 
vertisers have come back this year for 
more. IB new sponsors have chosen the 
Blue. All are canny, experienced adver- 
tisers—and they have picked the Blue 
because it has conclusively proved itself 
the lowest cost national advertising me- 
dium reaching into American homes! 

Coverage Where It Counts 

Figure it out 'or yourself — and see if you 
don't come up with the same answer. 
The Blue provides intensive coverage 
of the important two-thirds of the U. S. 
— the "Money Markets"— where the 
bulk of national buying power is con- 
centrated. And, thanks to the famous 
Blue Discount Plan, it reaches its vast 
audience in these markets at lowest cost 
natipnaUy! Add to this the improvements 
in facilities now being; made and you 
have America's greatest advertising buy 
-the NBC Blue Network! 



NBC BLUE NETWORK 




NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY • A^ RADIO CORPORATION OF AMERICA SERVICE 



RADIO 



FCC Chairman Praises Trade 
For Code but Indirectly Slaps 
Reaction of President s Son 



Washington, Oct. 31. 
Denunciation ot 'poor sportsman- 
ship,' with reference to rriembers 
o( the National Association o[ 
Broadcasters irked by restrictions in 
the new program code, was inter- 
preted as a slap at Elliott Roose- 
velt by industry representatives who 
heard FCC Chairman James L. Fly 
in his microphone debut Thui'sday 
(2GJ. In patting the trade body on 
the back, the new Commish pilot 
sarcastically commented on sulky 
broadcasters who wail when discon- 
certed by voluntary regulations de- 
signed to benefit all and to solve 
problems upsetting the whole indus- 
try. 

There was no direct reference to 
the reaction displayed by the Presi- 
dent's son when Mutual Broadcast- 
ing System directed him to quit 
taking sides in his Emerson-spon- 
sored news brodcasts, but the tenor 
of the Chairman's remarks was quite 
clearly a rebuke for the only indi- 
vidual to resign so far from the 
N.A.B. (Roosevelt's KFJZ, Fort 
Worth, walked out last week, but 
other two stations in which he has 
an interest have not to date led the 
fold). 

Indorsing the idea of voluntary 



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station operator was asked 
whether, in light of the ruling of 
the NAB's code compliance com- 
mittee, he intended' to drop his 
townsend-Old Age Pension busi- 
ness. His answer was: 

'I'm getting $2,500 a week from 
that account, and there's nothing 
controversial about that.' 



self-regulation as a supplement to 
governmental supervision. Fly reas- 
sured the industry and the public 
that the FCC under his direction 
does not intend to engage in censor- 
ship but insisted that licensees must 
show deep respect for their obliga- 
tions. Speech contaiiied an implica- 
tion, however, that if the operators 
cannot keep their house in order the 
government may have to exercise 
closer control. 

The law contemplates private in- 
itiative. Fly reassured the industry, 
and private benefit is a rewai'd for 
'effective public service.' He de- 
clared that neither Congress nor the 
FCC seeks to be 'general overlo»-d' 
of broadcasters. 

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that free speech will not be curbed 
so long as stations promise to make 
time available for all factions inter- 
ested in spouting views on contro 
versial topics. He noted that vir- 
tually the only clause which has 
drawn Are is that prohibiting time 
sales for such discussions, urging all 
individuals to give the principle a 
fair test. He also commended the 
industry for the restrains imposed 
without compulsion on war broad- 
casts. 

KIrby Explaining Code 

Educational crusade to enlist sup- 
port for the radio industry's self- 
regulation program takes Ed Kirby, 
secretary of the N. A. B. code ad- 
ministration group, to Chicago next 
week to explain to the Illinois Fed- 
eration of Women's Clubs just what 
objectives are sought in the move- 
ment to impose restraints on station 
managements. Kirby will do a ques- 
tion-and-answer stunt after his set 
speech. 

Akron Union Complaint 

Hot potato tossed by Akron labor- 
ites .following WJW's cancellation 
because of new code of contract cov- 
ering weekly broadcasts under CIO 
auspices will be cooled oft in the 
FCC*s legal pantry. "Regulators do 
not plan to reply to the union 
squawk until the Law Department 
has had time to 'investigate' and 
frame a reply. Ordinarily this fore- 
shadows answer that the complaint 
is not within the commission's juris- 
diction. 

The N. A. B. likewise is marking 
time, waiting for the station's appeal 
for protection against the ijnion pro- 
tests. Facts in the row are not avail- 
able yet, so the trade body is not 
in a position to comment on the as- 
serted, attempt to comply with the 
code. 



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y- Lawrence's CBS Talk 

■ David Lawrence, editor of United 
States News, dtelivered a slashing at- 
tack on N.A.B. code prohibition of 
'paid time' for presentation of con- 
troversial issues, in answer to a dc- 
dense of it made by President Nev- 
ille Miller previous Sunday after- 
noon over CBS, Columbia, which al- 
lotted Lawrence a half hour (Miller 
spoke for 15 minutes), apparently 
has decided to give question a 
thorough airing. Announced at con- 
clusion of Lawrence's address that 
Edgar L. Bill, of Peoria, 111. 
(WMBD), chairman of code compli- 
ance committee, would broadcast at 
same time Nov. 5. Lawrence's talk 
bore evidence of careful preparation, 
with arguments, philosophical and 
legalistic, well marshalled and gra- 
phically phrased. Even mentioned 
decision, reported by AP Sunday 
morning of WJW's announcement on 
cancellation of an Akron union labor 
program, because of code, and the 
immediate protest to FCC by presi- 
dent ot United Rubber Workers' 
Union. 



WNEW,N.Y., CANCELS 
RED; FCC GETS SQUAWK 

WNEW, New York, cancelled a 
Communistic candidate for city cojjn- 
cil last week, giving as its justifl- 
cation the. fact that the travelers 
to Moscow were without legal rec- 
ognition on the ballots of the state. 
This was protested as censorship by 
the American Civil Liberities Union 
in a letter sent in duplicate to sta- 
tion and FCC. 

Communists themselves are re- 
ported taking the position that any 
group movement fostering a write- 
in campaign has standing as a po- 
litical party and no radio" station 
can arbitrarily rule it out of ex" 
istence. 



KFYR to John Blair 

KFYR, Bismarck, N. D., goes on 
the station representative list of 
John Blair & Co., Nov. 13. 

The shift is from Gene Furgason 
& Co. 



BERT LANE GETS TITLE 

Kansas City, Oct. 31. 

Arthur Church has promoted Bert 
Lane to assistant program director 
at KMBC. Has been member of the 
announcing staff since Dec. 1938 and 
was previously at KVOO in Tulsa 
and program director at KCMO, 
Kansas City. 

Program department at KMBC 
remains under Felix Adams. Gene 
Dennis, formerly of KSOO, Sioux 
Falls, So. Dak,, is a new spieler at 
KMBC. Lane is currently appear- 
ing in the President theatre produc- 
tion of 'Kiss the Boys Goodbye.' 

Don Parker, formerly with WKCR, 
Cincinnati, new to announcing staff 
of KSO-KRNT, Des Moines. 



Charleston, S, C, Oct, 31. 

Station WCSC broadcast s 
fantastic program 'dedicated to 
Orson Welles' and got telephone 
calls just like the now-famous 
'Mars panic' program. 

This one concerned a Actional 
announcement in -news style that 
a death-dealing anti-aircraft ;'ay 
had gotten beyond control in the 
coastal defense area! 



Virgil Evans Denounces 
New Station, Predicts 
It Will Never Hit Air 



Spartanburg, S. C, Oct, 31. 
Virgil Evan.s, licensee of Station 
W^SPA, and a member ot the South 
Carolina State x^gislature, created a 
sensation here last week when 
broadcasting over his own station a 
blast against a proposed competi- 
tive stat:on for which local interests 
the week before had obtained FCC 
approval. Predicting 'an electrify- 
ing announcement within the next 
few days' Evans told his listeners, 
'imong them local newspaper report- 
ers, that the new station, in his opin- 
ion, would never go oh the air. 

Evans previously had announced 
in a notice published in local news-' 
papers that he would sjaeak on 'Taxa- 
tion,' presumably in connection with 
his legislative aims and duties. In 
his address he declared: 'Approval 
of the Spartanburg Advertising Cor- 
poration's application to build a 
radio station in Spartanburg was no' 
surprise to me or my attorneys. I 
have known for two months the ap- 
plication would be approved. Char- 
acterizing the application and efforts 
t obtain another radio station here 
as the result of a long political fight 
against WSPA,' he said' I wish lo 
assure the people that no radio sta- 
tion will be built hcie It will be 
fought through every court in the 
land.' 

'WSPA is the oldest radio station 
in South Carolina. I have worked 
many years and spent thousands ot 
dollars building up this station. 
Spartanburg cannot operate two 
radio .stations. There i.s not a town 
in the United States the size o( Spar- 
tanburg (32.000 population) with 
two radio stations.' 

Charles O. Hearon, former Spar- 
tanburg ncwspaperniiin, is president 
ot the Spartanburg Advertising Corp, 
A. B. Taylor is treasu tr and Donald 
Russell is attorney. 



'Economic Injury' 
Plea Rejected 
By D. C. Court 



Washington, Ocl. 31 
Chances that the District ot cio- 
lumbia Court of Appeals will somerl 
sault on the matter of requiring the 
FCC to listen to evidence about 
'economic injury' faded perceptibly 
last week though the judges again 
refused to upset the Commission's 
sensational power, boost grant to 
WMEX, Boston. With one more ap- 
peal still on the hook, the inter, 
mediate umpires dismissed the ap. 
peal of WCOP, Boston, for reversal 
of the WMEX grant. 

In a curt decision noting no new 
issues had been raised, the jurists 
pointed to their opinion, dressing 
down the regulators, in the appeal 
brought by John Shepard, III. The 
remaining challenge, raising other 
questions at>out the Commission's 
authority, is that of WLAC, Nash- 
ville, which contends its .service 
area will be reduced it the Boston 
plant is allowed to jump to 5 kw. 

Still insisting that competition 
should be fostered even if existing 
licensees are hurt, the ConimLsh 
continues to hope for judicial recog- 
nition of its n.ovel doctrine of dam- 
num absque inuria (legal theory 
under which injured persons are riot 
entitled to compensation for their 
hurts) and is pressing the contciUion 
in other litigation before the Court 
of Appeals. 



Seattle Times Concedes 
Radio May Be News 



Seattle, Oct. 31. 
Seattle Tinie.^. frowncr-in-chicf at 
radio, gave broadcasters here a 
pleasant surpri.se in its Sunday 
edition when it burst forth with two 
pages of air news under a full eight 
column line, headed 'radio depart- 
ment. Under it another banner em- 
blazoned 'this week on the networks; 
songs, fun, drama.' Radio rubbed its 
eyes. 

Understood that publisher Anally, 
gave in to the staff members who 
sold him on idea that majority of 
citizens took as much interest in this 
form of entertainment as any other 
and reaction would be favorable 
Publisher . told the boys he hoped 
they were right but if not-look out. 



Dallas News' WFAA's 
Facsimile Broadcasting 

Diilln.';,. Oct, 31. 
Regular facsimile transmission of a 
newspaper was started ycslerday 
(30) by WFAA, Dallas News station. 
Eight facsimile 8 by 9 inch pages, 
three of UP local spot news and the. 
rest of features, comics, John Knolt 
cartoon, AP wirepholos and News 
slaff art, are broadcast from 2 lo 
4:30 p.m. daily, including Sunday, 
from W5XGR, experimental trans- 
mitter. 

Gene Wallis, formerly busine.ss 
editor of News, edits the radio edi- 
tion, a full-time job. 

No commercial receivers .sold here 
yet, but WFAA and News executives 
have units in own homes for test 
purposes. Receivers for the general 
public are placed in News lobby, 
WFAA reception room. Baker hotel 
lobby and in several large down- 
town business houses, including 
Peaslce-Gaulbert, RCA distiibulor 
here. 



ASHEVILLE STARTING 



Siallon WISE on Air This Week- 
Rival In Same Family 



Asheville, N. C, Oct, 31. 

WISE, constructed and operated by 
the Asheville Daily News (weekly), 
went on the air Friday (20) as an 
optional outlet for the NBC red and 
blue networks. It will be a bonus 
station, linked with WFBC, Green- 
ville, S. C. 

Same operator has WWNC, which 
is affiliated with CBS. News an- 
nounced its WISE unfolding with a 
front page scarehead in la-st week's 
issue reading, 'NBC RETURNS.' 



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CONGRESSMEN OPENLY APPEAR BEFORE 
FCC FOR AND AGAINST STATION UCENSE 



Gerald Holland has joined the NBC scripting staff, replacing Tom Langan. 
•who went to the Coast to write for the Texaco show. Holland is from 

St. Louis Ronald MacDougall and William Rainey, ot the NBC staff, 

were at Hot Springs, Va., last week, to put on the entertainment for the 

annual Association of National Advertisers convention Canada Dry will 

add ingredients and call it a party Nov. 14 to celebrate one year of 'Info 
Please' Helen Walpole, actress-writer, hasjoined the NBC staff. 

Charles Reginald JacKson has left the CBS scripting staff and is writing 
magazine fiction. . .Major Bowes' gesture of free trees for St. Patrick's 
Cathedral topped, by giving his Westchester estate to the Lutherans... 
George Green carrying on marimba orchestra on NBC Sundays at 8:15 a.m. 
following brother Joe's death. 

Richard Crooks succeeds Marearet Speaks on 'Voice of Firestone' on 
jjBC Ed Byron will direct 'What's My Name?', show with Arlene Fran- 
cis, Budd Hulick and Harry Salter's music Pacific coast transcriptions, 

. 'Beyond Reasonable Doubt,' being cut in Manhattan with Nick Dawson, 
Arlene Francis, Norma Chambers and Frank Lovejoy, with organ back- 
ground by Charles Hall. , . .Don MacLaughlin replaced Richard Janaver on 

Mueller Macaroni's 'Thunder Over Paradise* over NBC CBS has the 

valve tied down on publicity for its educational programs Letitia Ide, 

In Boston, dancing with the Jack Cole modernists, was surprised over 

week-end by hubby Vic Ratner traveling with the baby and its nurse 

Joe White tenoring Wednesdays, while Eugene Conley carries on every 
other day with "The Wife Saver' Charita Bauer, James Sherman, Ger- 
trude Annen, Irene Hubbard, Lilli Valenti and Agnes Young now answer- 
ing present to director ot 'Young Widder Brown.' 

Morton Gould of WOR will compose music for one 'Good News' program 
fllm....Benay Venuta shifts her WOR local program from Sunday to 

Friday night soon. Program will go Mutual net Mark Warnow tosses 

luncheon for songwriters at the Ambassador Hotel, N. Y., Nov. 30 Plot 

of Ellery Queen show on CBS past Sunday (29) called for a hot phono- 
graph record at a house party. Symphonic band couldn' play that way 
go five members of Raymond Scott's band became the 'record.' 

Herbert Simon is p.a.-ing Ayers-Prescott, Inc., new radio production 
.firm. ...Ed Wolf partying 'Hilltop House' cast today, 2nd anni. .. .Pamela 
Caveness, 15-year-old protege of Bette Davis to appear with Billy Halop 
in. Arch Oboler's 'Young Mr. Trouble' over NBC Nov.- 4. 



New WFAA-WBAP Accts. 



IN CHICAGO . . . 



Extensive renovations and remodeling under way at WLS studios.... 
Stella White's WIND program, 'Working Wife,' slated for expansion to a 
flve-a-week spread. .. .Ros Metzger, radio chief of Chi Ruthrauff & Ryan 
agency has had his 10th and 11th song accepted by Ager, Yellen & Born- 
■tein publishing house; the tunes, written with Dan Dougherty and Ben 
Ryan, being titled 'Put the Kettle On, Baby' and 'One Cigarette for Two' 
....Ray Ferris, WLS music department head, is also a songwriter, his new 
tune, 'Down the Lane of Memories,' being readied by CoIe....Les Atlass, 
CBS cm v.p., still trying to get away for a visit to the Coast. - 
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Dallas, Oct. 31. 

WFAA-WBAP new national ac- 
counts this month include; 

Custodian Toiletries, Inc. (Cus- 
todian Face Powder), 195 spot an- 
nouncements, through H. W. Kastor 
& Sons, Chicago. 

Thomas Leeming & Co. (Baume 
Bengue), 254 spot announcements, 
through William Esty & Co., New 
York. 

Pacquin, Inc. (Pacquin's Hand 
Cream), 70 spot announcements, 
through William Esty & Co., New 
York. 

Washington State Apples, Inc., spot 
announcements, through J. Walter 
Thompson Co. 

Pinex Co. (Pinex Cough Syrup) 
90 spot announcements, through 
Russell M. Seeds Co., Chicago. 

Folger Coffee Co. (Folger's Coffee), 
256 'Judy & Jane' transcriptions, 
through Lord Sc Thomas, Inc., New 
York. 

Swift & Co. (Brookfleld Sausage), 
spot, announcements, through J. Wal 
ter 'Thompson Co., New York. 

Mantle Lamp Co (Aladdin Lamps), 
26 'Andy Walker' transcriptions, 
through Presba-Fellers & Presba, 
Chicago. 

Ford Motor Co., spot announce- 
ments, through McCann-Erickson, 
Inc., New York. 



Washington Radio Circles Buzz as Frank Conduct 
- Contrasts With Capital's Usual Gumshoe Tactics 
By Friends of Main Street 



Safeway in Southwest 

San Francisco, Oct. 31. 

Safeway Stores, Inc., will plug its 
Julia Lee Wright bread in a one- 
month campaign to be launched Nov. 
1 over 12 stations in Texas, Okla- 
homa and Kansas. One-minute an- 
nouncements will be used. 

J. Walter Thompson office in San 
Francisco handling the account 



Washington, Oct. 31. 
False whiskers were removed 
from Congressmen backing up apr 
plicants for radio facilities when 
three House of Representatives 
members appeared Thursday (26) to 
voice conflicting views on request 
of Orville W. Lyerla for a new local 
plant at Herrin, 111. Open- partici- 
pation of legislators in regulatory 
litigation provoked much tongue- 
clucking among the bar and obvi- 
ously embarrassed the FCC;, which 
ducked a ruling on the legality of 
such tactics. 

The representatives using the 
front door, instead of the former 
practice of applying -heat via tele- 
phone or conferences behind closed 
doors, raised the question whether 
the' FCC has set a new precedent in 
legal operations. In the past, Con- 
gressmeti have showed up as wit- 
nesses and spokesmen for con- 
stituents at administrative hearings, 
before numerous Federal bureaus as 
well as the FCC, but participation 
as an 'associate counsel' is ex- 
ceptionally rare. Furthermore, there 
is a statute which usually prohibits 
lawmakers from accepting remuner- 
ation for such activities,' law which 
the parties in this instance say they 
were careful not to transgress. 

Issue arose when Congressman 
Kent Keller, appearing to urge 
favorable - action on Lyerla's plea 
for the right to operate a station on 
1310 kc. Immediate objection was 
registered by George O. Sutton, 
representing WEBQ, Harrisburg, 



111., and KFVS, Cape Girardeau, Mo. 
Although the formal protest nor- 
mally would bring an immediate 
ruling. Acting Chairman Paul A. 
Walker merely 'noted' ' Sutton's 
squawk and permitted Keller to ex- 
press his opinion as to the need for 
the new transmitter. Tipped off in 
advance as to what would be at- 
tempted, Sutton took the wraps oft 
a pair of substitute barristers and 
had Congressmen Orville Zimmer- 
man of Missouri and Claude V. 
Parsons of Illinois, both Democrats, 
tell why they think another plant 
is unnecessary. 

Quizzed about his novel action, 
Keller explained that he had a deep 
interest in the application because 
present stations in Southern Illinois 
and northern Missouri don't give 
adequate local service in his district. 
Apparently aware of the law pro- 
hibiting appearance for compensa- 
tion, he insisted he would not ac- 
cept a fee but was merely rendering 
a public service. 

Political influence on the FCC - 
long has been a grave problem, oc- 
casioning whispered charges of im- 
proper action on the part of the reg- 
ulators' and leading former Chair- 
man Frank R. McNinch to announce 
upon accession to the driver's seat 
that the rear alley would be closed 
and a goldflsh-bowl procedure would 
be instituted. While some barristers 
felt it is preferable to drag the Con- 
gressmen Into public sight, others 
wondered how a lawmaker supposed 
to serve all the people of his dis- 
trict can justify taking sides in a 
controversial fight of this nature. 



FLAMM NOT 
FCCS MODE 
FOR BIZ 



Washington, Oct. SI. 

Charges that WMCA, New York, 
violated the tecrecy clauses of the 
Communications Act by airing mes- 
■ages to German and British ships 
were filed 'for future consideration' 
last week when revocation threat 
was dropped with hint that Donald 
Flamm's fltnes.s to hold a license will 
be brought up again. Regulators 
meanwhile let Flaitim off with a 
brisk reprimand' -^hich also- served 
as a general warning to the entire 
Industry, the press and the public to 
be careful about revealing confiden- 
tial communications. 

Threat to review the testimony 
about the war broadcast Incident at 
lome later date was contained in 
the final paragraph of a 10-page 
order in which the Commish said it 
'is of the opinion that an order of 
revocation need not be entered at 
this time.' In summarizing the in- 
fluiry, the FCC said that 'grave doubt 
has been cast upon the licensee's 
qualifications to operate its station in 
a manner consistent with the public 
Interest.* Apparently planning to 
dust off a record containing several 
other complaints, regulators ex- 
plained that the report on the eaves- 
dropping 'must be ot cumulative 
weight in determining the. disposi- 
tion to be made upon any future ex- 
amination into the conduct or this 
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LaGuardia Revives Tixed Percentage 
Of Time for Culture' Radio Bugaboo 



Flashes From Boston 



Washington, Oct. 31. 

New eft'orls to force present 
broadcasters to allot specified op- 
portunities to educational groups or 
to obtain fixed percentage ot radio 
facilities for non-commercial opera- 
tion may ,be launched unless the 
FCC backs down on its rule dis- 
couraging rebroadcasting. Possible 
reopenins ot the old fight was seen 
after last week's FCC hearing on 
pc^tition of Mayor LaGuardia of 
New York for change in present 
regulations so WNYC, muncipally- 
owned plant, can pick up programs 
from other 'cultural' stations. 

Issue was taken under advisement 



THE 

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HELD OVER 2nd WEEK 

STRAND, NEW YORK 

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ovor 4(H)')S>. Another procram Idea 
ni(aKed for a 13-week test, con- 
lliiu«(l proMtably for 195 week) more 
six liwal broadcast! pulled lt,lta 
lrlter». Ver.<iatlle, re»oarcefiil, uro- 
lltle and e.ipert In all details from 
lilna to production. Prefer free Innce 
Hii'lKnmento. Modest fees. Soirceiit 
Interview for abundant proof. Box 
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after day-long hearing at which La- 
Guardia by implication revived the 
idea which educators liave enter- 
tained for a long time. Little di- 
rect reference to the desire to have 
certain facilities set aside for 'non 
commercial' use, but the picas ot the 
New Yoik executive and other wit- 
nesses offer a logical excuse for re- 
suming, the attack. 

What LaGuardia wants i.i free- 
dom to avoid lca.<;ing land lines in 
order to set programs for WNYC. 
Under pre.sent policies, permission 
Id pick up programs from other sta- 
tions is granted only because of 
peculiar situations, such as the lack 
or unrea.vbnablc cost of wires. 

Support for the relaxation pro- 
posal came from Walter S. Lemmon, 
head ot Worldwide Broadcasting 
Corp., which operates international' 
plants that would serve the New 
York station. Additional arguments 
by Prof. William. Y. Elliott of Har- 
vard. S. Howard Evans of 'the Na-^ 
tional Committee on Education by 
Radio, and Frank Schooley of the 
National Association of Educational 
Broadcasters. 

Chief objection is technical, with 
Andrew W. Ring, a Commish engi- 
neer, fearing interference and re- 
duced eificiency. The rule ought riot 
be ea.«ed without a thorough probe 
inio possible consequences, he main- 
tained. 



Rudy Vallee on Coast 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. 

Rudy Vallee, who Is to emcee four 
Chase & Sanborn programs in ab- 
sence of Don Ameche, is here. 

He takes over when Nelson Eddy 
departs Nov. 12. 



Hay Defoe With Camay 

Chicago, Oct. 31. 

Camay soap serial has added one 
and dropped five characters. Ray- 
mond Defoe is the newcomer. 

Eliminees include Laddie Seaman, 
Edwin R. Wolfe, Madeleine Pierce, 
James Krieger, Katherine Stevens. 



KAY 
THOMPSON 

and her Rhythm Singers 
for ETHYL 

with ANDRE KOSTELANETZ 

and TONY MARTIN 
Cits Kvery Monday, 8-8:30 r.M., E^iT 

Management 
WILLIAM MORRIS AGENCY 



Boston, Oct. 31, 
Abe Schcchter, NBC director of 
news and special event?, speaks to 
day (Tuesday) at weekly luncheon of 
the Advertising Club of Boston, his 
subject being 'Radio Covers the War." 
• Ray Girard, WEEI stafT man, had 
a birthday last week, and also cele- 
brated his 10th anniversary with the 
station. 

Charles Hector, WEEI's musical 
director, will do the music for the 
'Morning Promenade' Saturdays at 
10:15. Carl Moore emcees. 

Caroline Catxjt. shopping and fash- 
ion advisor on WEEI, has several 
men's shops seeking to capture citi- 
zens through their wives. Program 
is now 13 years old. 

Fire gutted the basement of the 
three-story apartment building in 
which lives WBZ-WBZA chief an- 
nouncer Bob White and again, a 
week later, fire swept through the 
top of the sanie. building, consuming 
the roof. 

WBZ has new sustaining program 
called 'Texas Trailers' with the Mc- 
Neil Family of Corpus Christi doing 
the routine. 

WEEI. and the Columbia staff will 
give a cocktail party and reception 
for John Barbirolli Wednesday aft- 
ernoon before his concert that eve- 
ning with the New York Philhar- 
monic. 



Tight Squeeze 

Cleveland, Oct. 3'f. 

Williiims Shaving Cream's touring 
qui/, show tagged .'True or False' 
will emanate from Cleveland's Ma- 
sonic Hall Nov. G: WHK, which 
handles it here, to feed half-hour to 
NBC's blue network. 

Although capacity of hall is about 
2,000 seats, station is giving away 
4,000 ducats for visio-broadcast. 



Network Premieres 



WEDNESDAY, NOV, 1 

C'HESEBROUGH MFG.' CO. (Vaseline preparations). WABC-CBS 
10 to 10:30 p.m. '-Dr. Christian," with Jean Hersholt, Rosemary De- 
Camp. McCann-Erickson. Producer, Dorothy Barstow. Originatei 
from Hollywood. Hookup, 61 stations. 

MONDAY, NOV. • 

CALIFORNIA FRUIT GROWERS EXCHANGE (Sunkist oran«e3 
lemons). WABC-CBS, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 6:15 to esd 
p.m. "Hedda Hopper's Hollywood." Lord Sc Thomas. Announcer 
Arthur Baker. Originates from Hollywood. Hookup, 29 stations. 
WEDNESDAY, KOV. 8 

PHIMP MORRIS A CO. WJZ-NBC, 8 to 8:30 p.m. "Breezine 
Along," with Johnny Green's orchestra, Beverly and the Swing Four 
teen, dramatic cast. Biow Co. Producer, Walter A. Tibbal.s. Announcer 
Charles O'Connor. Originates from New York. Hookup, 43 Stations' 
(Formerly on Mutual.) 



WJSV'S THEATRE TIEUP 



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Thorson Plays Tom Mix 

Chicago, Oct. 31. 

In the Ralston serial over NBC, 
'Adventures of Tom Mix,' tlie ghost 
player for the western hero is now 
identified as Russell Thorson. DeWitt 
Bride is playing the sheriff and Cur- 
ley Bradley the character of Snood, 
the soandso. 

C. L. Menser directs from Charles 
Ta/.ewell's script. 



Washington, Oct. 31. 

Springboard • for ambitious kids 
arranged between WJSV, Columbia's 
Washington outlet, and a local the- 
atre where 'the transmitter finds the 
talent and the vaude house books 
it for a full week's run. 'Washing- 
ton Hour,' a daily half-hour pro- 
gram, Monday through Friday, will 
select five acts a month, one for each 
day of the week, to be heard four 
times during the month. Most pop- 
ular will be booked as 'WJSV's Find 
of the Month.' 

Extensive rehearsal periods have 
been arranged to give the young- 
sters a chance to get over stage- 
fright and brush up on their acts. 
House band of WJSV, conducted by 
Paul Kain, furnishes musical back- 
ground. 



MacLeish's Air Drama 

Archibald MacLeish has finished 
another drama, with the trick title, 
Americnn War Promises,' which CBS 
Ls considering for a sustainer. It's 
descrit>ed as Walt Whitmancsque 
verse. 

Writer was recently appointed by 
President Roosevelt as librarian of 
the Library of Congress. His 'Fall 
of the City' was aired two seasons 
ago by the network. 



WRITER SCUDDER DIES 
IN SUBWAY MISHAP 

Raymond Scudder, 38. on the NBC 
continuity staff since J929i was killed 
by an Interboro subway train in 
New York, Oct. 27. He had apparent- 
ly fallen from the platform. After an 
investigation the police scouted sui- 
cide as the motive and expressed the 
belief that the fall had been due to 
sudden illness. 

Scudder who was boin in the 
Orient, worked on a Shanghai news- 
paper and was Far Eastern corres- 
pondent for Honolulu newspapers. 
Prior to joining NBC he was a story 
writer. Among his latest a.ssignments 
at NBC was a vocational guidance 
series, 'Your Job.' 

He is survived by hi.i widow ajid 
father, Frank R. Sciidder. a mission- 
ary stationed in Honolulu. 



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Germany's appreciation of the 
value of radio good-will tops the 
French, while working conditions in 
the Reich are far pleasanter than in 
other European spots. This is the 
report of Hjalmar R. Baukhage, 
trouble-shooting spieler for NBC 
who has just come back from six 
weeks' microphone duty behind the 
front lines. 

Refuting the yarns about stringent 
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the Nazis. He sees the American 
listener, rather than either the Gov- 
ernment or the station operator as 
the individual who pulls the plug 
that results in one-sided reporting 
and gives play to bias and prejudices. 
The American radio auditor and 
newspaper reader won't tolerate 
stuff he doesn't like or which dis- 
agrees with his preconceived ideas 
and sentiments. 

Awareness of this condition is a 
serious hurdle for both the press and 
radio in the U. S., in the view of 
the NBC gabber. Puts this country 
at least on a par with the foreigners, 
since American commentators and 
interpreters are bound to exercise 
subconscious restraint. Baukhage 
does not make any complete indict- 
ment, though, and admits the op- 
portunity to speak out exists on this 
side of the water. 

Swiss Are Toufh 

Switzerland is about the toughest 
cbuntry for microphoni.-its these 
days, as far as Baukhage is con- 
cerned. (He didn't try spieling in 
other neutral nations, however.) In 
desperate attempts not to offend 
anybody and remain at peace with 
all their battling neighbors, the 
Swiss have gone to great extremes 
to enforce impartiality on radio re- 
porters. Scripts must be submitted 
for intensive checking and no devia- 
tion is permitted. 

While his observations were made 
at the most excited period before 
and right after the gong sounded, 
the former Farm and Home hour 
m. c. feels the Nazis are leaps ahead 
of the French in usinfe radio to the 
best advantage. Atmosphere for an 
American radio man is far pleasant- 
er in Germany — Baukhage observes, 
'You have some human relations in 
Berlin; you can argue with the 
Nazis but the French order you 
around and are. wound up in red 
tape' — and the Hitlerites, knowing 
they neied. friends, go to great lengths 
to be accommodating. 

German censorship i.^ no serious 
handicap, Baukhage - said.. Scripts 
had to be approved and ad libbing 
was -frowned upon, but the editors 



would listen to reason and had some 
understanding of the problems faced 
by alien commentators. Little at- 
tempt to force propaganda down the 
the throats of visiting announcers, 
although officials frankly and open- 
ly admitted they were giving their 
own twist to formal news and free- 
ly conceded they wanted to get Ger- 
many's views across to American 
listeners. 

Chief restraint in Germany is vol- 
untary and almost instinctive on the 
part of the radio and press corre- 
spondents, in Baukhage's estima- 
tion. By putting the writers and 
spielers on their honor, the Nazis 
are more successful than the French 
with hard-boiled manner and strict 
regulations. 

French Slow in Slartinf { 

Chief difference was the treatment! 
of scripts. While the Nazis wanted i 
copies 90 minutes before program 
time, they would permit last-minute 
changes and didn't kick when the 
text was late in reaching the blue- 
pencil wielders. The French'were 
adamant, often holding up approval 
until a split-second before the broad- 
cast was scheduled and declining to 
explain deletions. Baukhage thinks 
that part of the trouble in Paris may 
have been the contusion and excite- 
ment, for the propaganda and cen- 
sorship crews were just getting or- 
ganized where the Germans had 
smooth-functioning systems. 

To illustrate, Baukhage cited two 
experiences in Berlin. Through 
chats with various individuals, he 
suspected the missing Bremen was 
in Murmansk, particularly when 
naval officers informed him the crew 
was due home at a particular time. 
When he inserted in one script a rc- 
■mark that the luxury liner was safe, 
censors laughed and politely asked 
him to cut it out.' On the occasion of 
his exclusive interview with cap- 
tured British fliers, Baukhage was 
allowed to talk with the prisoners 
y/ilhout any restriction, not even an 
interpreter eaves-dropping and no 
protest being made when he advised 
the Royal Air Force lads to be care- 
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Washington, Oct. 81. 

Oratorical attempts to force an 
FCC reversal on the matter of super- 
power broadcasting were resumed 
Jast week with another political 
blast' on behalf of Powel Crosley 
and WLW, Cincinnati. Results of a 
personally-supervised poll by a con- 
Kressman were called to the atten- 
tion of the House and the Commis- 
sion Thursday (26) by Rep. Martin 
L. Sweeney, a Democrat from Cleve- 
land, in a speech repeating declara- 
tions that failure to lift the 50 kw 
lid on clear-channel stations con- 
demns the hinterland to 'tongueless 
silence of the dreamless dusk.' 

While the issue has been Anally 
settled by the FCC with promulga- 
tion of new rules retaining the pres- 
ent power restrictions, Sweeney 
Eought to obtain reconsideration on 
the strength of 2,500 post cards from 
dial-spinners in 14 states showing 
WLW is the overwhelmingly favorite 
sUtion in West Virginia, Florida, 
Oliio, Indiana, Kentucky and Virr 
ginia. 

Giving n detailed analysis of the 
responses to his mail-bag question- 
naire to rural listeners, Sweeney 
submitted percentages showing that 
the Cincy plant is the second choice 
of persons depending on clear-chan- 
nel service in Mississippi, Louisiana, 
Arkansas and North Carolina and 
the third favorite in Missouri, Mich- 
igan, Kansas and Alabama. . 

Survey, which was almost a dupli- 
cate of check by the FCC in 1935 
and 1937, according to the Congress- 
man, showed in several instances 
that WLW was at the top for first, 
second, third and fourth choice of 
the rural audiences. Sweeney inter- 
preted the replies as further evi- 
dence of the contention that more 
juice is imperative to give the thin- 
Jy-scttled districts reliable recep- 
tion, pointing out that many of the 
cards urged restoration of WLW's 
500 kw permit. 



CALLED FOR DARKNESS 

Outdoor Television Buns Into the 
Advancing Aatumn 



Football telecasts are providing 
another dilemma for NBCs tele- 
vision department. With darkness 
setting In so early during fall aft- 
ernoons, last quarter of the games 
consists — in the visio receiver — of 
white specs on a black background. 

Now the program department 
wants to know shall it continue 
telecasting anyway? Shall it stop 
the telecast but continue to broad- 
cast so that listeners at least know 
who wins? Or shall it cut off the 
whole thing when the field gets too 
dark? - 



CBSTELEVISH 
MOVES AN INCH 



Columbia Broadcasting System has 
reached the point in television ex- 
perimentation where it is on the air. 
Just when- isn't publicized. CBS tele- 
vision is the number four button on 
the RCA sets,', but to get a line on 
what's being put out a constant 
watch is necessary, 

Test patterns will continue inter- 
mittently with CBS now apparently 
pledged, television style, to a regu- 
lar program schedule in another two 
month:;, as time is reckoned in CBS 
television. 

It's a well-known fact that CBS 
isn't bursting its suspenders hustling 
into the vague and costly field of 
television. 



NBC-RCA Television 



Wednesday, Nov._ 1 

2:30— Elizabeth WatU, fashion 
expert, on 'The Right and Wrong 
of It,' with Bergdorf-Goodman 
creations. 

2:45— Film serial, "The Lost 
Jungle,' 

3:05 — Film, 'Oberon Overture.' 

3:15-3:30— Alison Skipworth, 
Interviewed by Patricia Murray. 

9:00-10:30— To fill. 

Thnrsday, Nov. 2 

2:30-3:45— Film, 'Two Minutes 
to Play,' with Herman Brix, 
Eddie Nugent and Jeanne Mar- . 
tel. . 

8:30-9:30 — Crosby Gaige's 
Cooking Scandals, Remo Buf- 
fano's marionettes, and a Style 
Show by the Barbizon Studio 
of Fashion Modeling. 

Friday, Nov. 3 

2:30-4:00— 'Forty Girls and a 
Baby' (French film with English 
subtitles), starring Lucien Ba- 
roux. 

8:30-9:40— Film, '"young and 
Beautiful,' with William Haines, 
Judith Allen and John Miljan. 
Saturday, Nov. 4 

2:30-5:00— Football', New York 
University vs. Lafayette College. 

8:30-9:45 — 'Treasure Island,' 
dramatized by Donald Davis, 
with Dennis Hoey, Billy Red- 
field, William Balfour, William 
Pbdmore and Robert Allen. 



'Info* Clicko , 

Canada Dry has renewed for its 
'Information, Please' program on the 
NBC-blue for another 52 weeks, ef' 
fective Nov. 14. 

Deal involves 62 stations. 



Zenith Head, Television Skeptic, 
Stin Thinks NBC Rates 'Break' 



(Eugene F. McDonald, Jr., presi- 
dent of ZenitJi Radio (sets), was the 
first president o/ the JVatioiial Asso- 
ciation of Broadcasters,- 1923-25 in- 
clusive, as the then-operator of a 
Chicago station. Recently he has 
been chief spokesman of the view 
that television was, by its balliyJioo, 
presenting a premature threat fo 
radio set sales.) 



Chicago. 

Editor, VAniETv: 

I can't help commenting on the 
news in your Oct. 18 issue about the 
stumbling blocks Actors' Equity and 
the Screen Actors Guild are placing 
in the way of television develop- 
ment: I note that Equity' requires 
a fuU week's pay for the cast of any 
stage production that is televised and 
that the Guild is setting up high 
minimum wages for any movie 
scenes that are incorporaled into 
television talent shows. • 

While Zenith does not recede one 
inch from its position that television 
is- not yet ready' for the public, I 
believe that those who are willing to 
invest large sums of money to try 
to prove that it can be made a"suc- 
cess in New York should receive 
better cooperation from those who 
will benefit from television when it 
gets here on a full-time basis. The 
very "fact thaf the future of tele- 
vision is somewhat in doubt, today, 
makes it all the more important that 
those interested in mdking it a. suc- 



cess should pull together at the be- 
ginning. 

Back in the early days of radio, 
when Zenith operated its own st,i- 
tion, WJAZ, for the Chicago area, 
Claudio Muzio, Lazzari and Mar- 
gery Maxwell were glad to con- 
tribute their services gratis Jo our 
infant industry. Radio is deeply in- 
debted to them and- it is because 
of their helpful attitude and the a.s- 
sistance of many others that radio 
was able to prove itself and become 
one of the leading users of talent 
today. 

Conditions today may require that 
Broadway artists receive more in- 
come for television appearances than 
early radio stars received, but what- 
ever is demanded should be reason- 
able or the advent of television on 
a commercially successful basis, with 
thou.'iands of spectators instead of 
hundreds, will be shoved off into 
the still more distant future. Cer- 
tainly, in that event, the performer 
will suffer as much as anyone. 

The whole music indu.<;try has 
benefited - from radio, both directly 
and indirectly, and the stage can: 
benefit from television if it will help 
to get it started. 

E. F. McDonald, Jr. 
President, Zenith Radio Corp. 



Lord & Thomas, San Francisco, has 
Fairfax Cone, as new manager fol- 
lowing transfer of John S. Whedon to 
Chicago. 



TOSS CHICAGO PAR1Y 
TO INTRO CALLAHAN 



Chicago, Oct. 31. 

Walter Callahan, Chicago manager 
for Transamerican Broadcasting & 
Television Corp., sales reps for 
WLW and WSAI, Cincinnati, was 
introduced to local agency execs at 
a cocktail party tossed at the Black- 
stone hotel Friday (27). About 150 
persons were on hand for the event. 

Delegation up from Cincy included 
Jim Shouse, Bob Dunville, Dewey 
Long and Cecil Carmichael. 



WBZ Staff Realignment 

Boston, Oct. 31. 

Bob White, WBZ's chief announcer, 
has relinquished Special Events to 
Bob Evans of the staff, but continues 
with the morning Esso Newsca.sts, 
daily bulletins and sports. Charles 
Gilchrest, former radio editor of the 
Chicago Daily News, handles these 
last three during the afternoon and 
evenings, also doing publicity, while 
Harry Goodwin is in charge of sales 
promotion. 

The whole department of publicity, 
sales promotion and news continues 
under the management of George 
Harder. 



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TOUTH vs. AGE* 
VrUh Cal Tinney 
30 Mins. 

SliOAN'S LINIMENT 
Saturday, 8:30 imb. 
WJZ-NBC,- New York 

(Worwicfc & Legler) 
On the familiar theory that there's 
> always room for one more, Sloan's 
liniment lasl Saturday night (28) be- 
gan a new quiz series over. NBC blue 
(WJZ). This one varies the formula 
by briivginc teams of juves and 
grownups to answer all-around 
questions in competition for cash 

Sri7.es. Cal Tinney is m.c. and Hugh 
Icllrevy handles the commercials. 
Subject to the roughness ot a first 
broadcast, it's only mildly entertain- 
itis show of its kind, and competes 
with the Milton Bcrle series (also a 
quiz) concurrently on the red nct- 
V'orlc. . . 

There's nothinp much to say about 
quiz shows as such, except to ask if 
they aren't Retting a trifle passe. In 
this case the Questions were gen- 
erally a cinch. Prizes of $10 each for 
the winners, $5 for the losers and 5j 
for those sending in accapted 
questions, are in the accepted groove. 
"Chicrcanse-for t;omment-iS-T-inney-i- 
liandling -of the Pro«^'"Ss. Start- 
ing out with an ultra hayseed de- 
livery, the rural columnist gradually 
dropped the rube stuff to wind up 
the session playing straight. In one 
instance he handled French pro- 
nunciation smoothly.. However, he 
didn't let up in his far-reaching 
efforts at comedy. Never neglected a 
chance for a pun or a folksy gag. A 
few attempts were passably funny, 
but on the whole it was pretty 
garrulous. He also made two mistakes 
ill Judging answers. - 

Competitors were brought to the 
mike for introductions and to identify 
themselves. Each had a gag to de- 
liver, all of which were too obvi- 
ously prepared. Same was Uue of a 
pseudo-impromptu alterMte verse- 
composing by Tinney and McUrevy 
for one of the commercials. Sponsor 
•was way overboard on the Plug- 
cramming no less than five into the 
30 minutes. Show needs doctorine. 

Hooe. 



CHAKLES STARK 

'ODD SIDE OF THE NEWS' 

5 Mins.; Local 

REM Se REL 

DaUy, 8:15 a.m. . 

WABC, New York 

(Joseph Katz) 
This early morning stint starts oK 
■with the legend 'keep smiling. If 
last Monday's (30) items of news 
• with humorous intent were average 
samples, the sleep-bound listeners 
will have to- await some other inci- 
dent of the day for their chuckles. 
The first tidbit was about a lady 104 
years old, who was cutting a new 
set of teeth. Another told about a 
householder swatting an animal m 
the dark and finding out the next 
day it was a bear, while another re- 
called the newspaper piece' about the 
mayor who slipped on the waxed 
floor of his safety commissioner. 

As for the plug, it's simple, folksy 
and brief. It's a mistake for any one 
to let a cough run on without doing 
something about it Something is 
Rem. pdec. 



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MUdred Bailey, after a test appear- 
ance three weeks before, became on 
last Satnrd.iy (28) a regular feature 
o£ Camel's Benny Goodman show on 
the NBC-red, The occasion found 
her still leading the parade as far as 
her particular style o£ vocalizing is 
concerned. 

From any angle.it was a swell com- 
bination of rhylhin, clarity and inter- 
pretation. She did two numbers, but 
it was the second, a swing version of 
'Lover Come Back to Me,' that laid 
'ein low. Coming from anybody else 
it might haye sounded soinething of 
a sacrilege. With Miss Bailey it was 
in essence a keen application of the 
modern idiom to a composition that 
is basically ricli in rhythm. 

Good News'. (Maxwell House 
Coffee) continues, to labor along 
without a sock comedy supplement 
to 'B aby Snooks' (Fannie Brice). 
The fioify-toity material and style 
which derives from Roland Young's 
chief inning may, be in the groove 
but that groove isn't anywhere in 
the vicinity of the midsection. 

Last Thursday's (20) installment 
placed the guest accolade on Paulette 
Goddard. She first did a sitiiation 
comedy bit with Young which was 
quite short on laughs and later in 
a serious vein supported by Walter 
Huston in an exposition of. Mrs. 
Hallie Flannagan's curious morality 
playlet, 'The Curtain,' The idea of 
a daughter turning over her fugitive 
father to the cops must have struck 
listeners as something of a realistic 
offbeat but the thing played well. 

Connie Boswell's rhythmic con-, 
juries remain one of the program's 
sterling highspots. Meredith Wilson 
introduced, on this same installment 
the 'American Waltz,' which the 
scries had commissioned Peter De- 
Rose to write. The composition was 
technically pretty but the lustre and 
weep which mark the outstanding 
waltzes of all time seemed to be 
lacking in DeRose's work. 



FULTON LEWIS, JR. 

Newscasicr 

15 Miiu. 

DETROLA RADIOS 
M-W-F; 10:30 P.M. 
WOR-MBS, New York 

(Bass-Luckoff) . 

Lewis, a Washington journalist, is 
among the cluster of ncwscastcr.s to 
climb into the higher wages during 
the news boom of the past year or 
so. He is al.so Mutual's second per- 
sonality in this department, the first 
being Raymond Gram Swing. 

Lewis ooencd his series from the 
headquarters in 'Detroit of his new 
sponsor, n radio set riianufacturer, 
and in the Di-esence of a crowd of 
salesmen. The latter probably oc- 
casioned some unaccustomed stum- 
bling over words. 

Lewis writes clear scripts con- 
cerned with Washington. He has the 
knack of not saying anything very 
new or very controversial yet mak- 
ing it listenable. That's usually con- 
sidered commercial. 

He's handling his own advertismg 
announcements. Ln7id. 



EUGENE LYONS 
News Commentator 
SPARTON RADIO 
Dally, 10:45 p.m. 
WMCA, New York 

The Soviet-Nazi entente proved a 
natural opportunity for Eugene. 
LycHis. He left Russia, where he was 
the United Press . correspondent, 
thoroughly disillusioned with the 
Soviet bureaucracy - and convinced 
that Stalin and his yes-men were 
converting the original ideology of 
the Lenin revolution into an op- 
portunistic oligarchy which concen- 
trated the fat ot the land in the 
hands of the leaders and condemned 
those outside this pale to approxi- 
mate starvation. Lyons has ex- 
pressed his bitter resentment of 
Stalin's tactics in a book, 'Assign- 
ment to Utopia,' and in many sub- 
sequent articles. He is at present 
editor of the American Mercury; 

As a commentator Lyons has his 
virtues and his drawbacks. The 
stufi sounds authoritative and his 
analytical processes can't help but 
get a highly favorable nod. On the 
other side of the scale is his present 
style of delivery. He lacks that 
Illusion of the conversational or the 
intimate which is common with 
commentators that have clicked in 
recent years on the networks, His 
sentences sound long and- labored, 
and this very element is a tough 
handicap for anybody on the air. 

Nevertheless, Lyons always sounds 
Interesting, and for WMCA his asset 
value is tops. 

Odec 



Eddy Duchin's shot on ■'. i Colum- 
bia Record program (Friday, 10:30, 
CBS) gave too much thought to 
handing verbal bouquets to the 
leader's talents. It's one of the 
things a program idea such as this 
has to be careful to avoid. Straight 
retelling of a leader's past struggles, 
etc., is interesting, but where pos- 
sible he should be allowed to prove 
the reason for his rise by perform- 
ance; not by gushily relating various 
past opinions even though they be 
from important musicians. 

In this case Duchin ably pounded 
his keyboard and left listeners with- 
out a bit of doubt His tickling ot 
'Ramoria,' fitted in as the tryout 
niecs he played when he joined Leo 
Reisman way back, came over swell 
and was joined later by a gem ot 
low note pfaying on 'Moanin' . Low.' 
Half hour was capped by a different 
and listenable arrangement of 'What 
Is This Thing Called Love?' by the 
band. 

In the weekly call for an amateur 
.•singer to yodel with Duchin's outfit 
two persons holding the same num- 
ber responded. Called for flipping a 
'coin to make the selection. 



'BULL SESSION' 

Open Discussion 

30 Mins. 

Sustainini: 

Saturday, 10 a.m. 

WABC-CBS, New York 

Picked up at Drake University, 
DCS Moines, some seven college pa- 
per editors sat around a table and 
chawed vigorously on broom straws 
while a. hidden CBS mike faded in 
and out. thev knew not when. CBS' 
Par!:er Wheatley went la Iowa from 
Chicago to keep the thing together 
and he succeeded admirably in doing 
so. It was consistently engrossing, 
even though the voices were not 
always at proper level; a fault prob- 
ably unavoidable uiKler existing cir- 
cumstances. 

A standard part of American col- 
lege life, a 'bull session' in its own 
graphic description is an exchange 
of views among young philosophers. 
They represent impromptu huddles 
on matters intellectual at odd mo- 
ments,' usually more conspicuous 
after the football .season is over and 
the fr'ost is on tlie corduroys. Ifs 
a cute adaptation to radio. 

This particular bull session wis 
strictly a one-timer, being staged in 
connection with a meeting of Asso- 
ciated Collegiate Press. Men from 
Chicago, Northwesterii, Minnesota 
and Drake sounded off. several in a 
big way. Because they sounded as 
il they fqlt what they said, and said 
it in the words they would ordi- 
narily employ, CBS or no CBS, the 
thing rang true. The voices some- 
times bunched together like- a traffic 
jam; that made for conviction from 
the listener. Some ot the voices 
could never find professional ac- 
ceptance on the air; that, loo, m'^e 
it up and up. 

A profouud suspicion ot visiting 
British statesmen was persistently 
expressed. Otherwise the gamut of 
thoughts on war, peace; avoiding the 
one and preserving the other, were 
flung into the mikes. It was rousing 
stuff. Land. 



I Teleyision Reviews 
»»»♦»♦♦♦♦♦♦ ■♦-f'f »■♦"»-»>■■»■>♦♦-♦■ 

THE FORTUNE BUNTKR' 

With Lowell Cllmore. Percy Kil- 
bride, Gloria Klondell, Maurice 
Barke, Ilujch Camcrou, Theodora 
Perk, Clarke Chesney, Maude 
Ream Stover, Jaines Swift 

Comedy Play 

55 Mins.- 

Friday (27) 8:30 P.M. 
RCA-N~BC. New York 

In selecting a former alai'e success 
tor revival by television the choice 
was hardl.y as- fortunate as most 
others. Not that thu peiformance 
directed by Warren Wade i.^• of less- 
er standard but the play itself was 
outmoded! * 

'The Fortune Hunter' was written 
by the late Winchell Smith, an au- 
thor-manager' who was teamed with 
John Golden. Between them they 
staged a flock of successes and be- 
came wealthy. 'Hunter' was well 
rated -in -its day but was hardly 
among Smitli's top works. 

Story has to do with a lad from 
the, city who accepts / a job in a 
country di'ug store, behind the soda 
counter. It is strong on the romantic 
side and one point in its favor is 
the comparative brevity of the tele-? 
cast Play was first stage hit scored 
by John Barrymore, then a kiddie. 

That part was "played by Lowell 
Gillmorc in the telecast, other play- 
ers also mostly being from the legit. 
Percy Kilbride, and Gloria Blondell, 
sister of ,tho Coast star, were the 
other principal leads. Ibee. 



George Jessel program for Vitalis 
Friday (27) had a young man who, 
for a fee, claimed that he will tip oft 
Where and when any celebrity will 
make a public appearance. Flipped 
Jessel: Is Judge Crater on the 
Bremen?' 

Paul Robeson's fine baritone 
capped the program. It was his first 
ai .' shot since returning from Europe. 
Teed off with 'Water Boy' and 
finished with the inevitable 'Ol' Man 
River.' 

Merry Macs had a hit and a miss. 
In tter being a poor arrangement of 
'Put Your Arms Around Me Honey.' 
Peter "Van Steeden's band passed out 
n.jt musical backing. 

Kate Smith broadcast from Trini- 
dad, Colorado, Monday (30), in a 
pause en route to Hollywood on the 
Santa Fe, and the niayor showed up 
bringing along a basket ot fish and 
the chamber ot commerce- president. 
They were mighty proud, etc. It v/as 
good, homefolky hoke for the noon- 
time programs, all part ot the ultra- 
inforhiality. 



CAROL MASON 
HVomen in the News' 
15 Mins.— Local . 
Snstalning 
Dail)-, 9 A.M. 
"WHAS, Louisville 

Aiming at the femme audience, 
presumably going about the house- 
hold chores, after oater and the kids 
have been packed off to biz and 
school. Material is culled from hap- 
penings in the field of fashion, films, 
education, and the like, and deliv- 
ered in a friendly, non-patronizing 
nianncr by Carol Mason. 

It's good fodder, and well »dited. 

Hold. 



"THE VIRGINIA WEEKLY' 
With Billy Wilib 
Comment, Interviews 
15 Mlas.— Local 
Sustaininer 
Friday, 4:15 P.M. 
WRVA, Richmond 

Chalk this up as a cute, inexpen- 
sive but elTective effort in winning 
a friendly press. The program idea 
goes into second vcar so inference is 
that combination of listener appeal 
and liurpose-accomnlishing warrants 
time on this well-loaded ^Utionj, 
Starting with the action ot a print- 
ing press, the program fades into 
the voice, of Billy Willis, for- 
mer weekly newspaperman .(now 
in WR'VA publicity dept.) who reads 
interestin.'^ly enough clippings from 
many of tire weeklv newspapers pub- 
lished in the WKVA radius. The 
source is credited every time, you 
betcha, .you betcha. Then, on alter- 
nate w^eks. Willis invites and inter- 
views editors of these weeklies. The 
patter is better than average, with 
Willis generally leading conversa- 
tion into paper's service to commun- 
ity, etc. All ot which is sure-fire 
stuff for building good-will between 
the paper's editor and WR'VA. 

Bebo. 



BOXING ROUT.S 

With Sam Taiib 

Ridseu'ood Grove, Brooklyn 

Two Honrs ' 

Saturday (,'!1) 

RCA-NDC, New York 

Televising of boxing exhibitions as 
seen on the receiving mirror Satur- 
day evening was more than a stiint. 
It was excellent oiclorial. reporting. 
The broadcast did not measure up to 
motion picture record in.gs nt fights 
in clarity, but looking at the direct 
action plus the cxnianation of the 
commentator seemed rather exciting. 
Broadcast may be said to be in the 
shape of things to come. 

It happened that the semi-flnal 
match ended in a knockout and a 
right cross to the chin was directly 
in line with the c:imera. With the 
fallen boy lying on his face it was 
a cinch that he could not ari.se before 
the count of ten. As a matter of fact, 
the- kid had to t>s aided to his corner. 
It was gi'cat for television. 

Aside from the bouts the action nl 
dapper Jim ' Crowley, the referee, 
rates him an actor, but he- seemed 
entirely unconscious o( being caught 
by the camera. The fi.ghts were ot 
the club classification, meaning that 
the boxers are under the level of 
proficiency supposed to qualify them 
for appearances at major, rin.-* .shows 
as those at Madison Square Garden. 
However, the excitement ot the fans 
was just a^ genuine and faithfully 
recorded by the microphone. So 
that telecast onlookers may identify 
the boxers, one wears a band ot 
while on the top of his trunks. 

Of particular inter- ' perh.ips was 
the performance ot Sam Tauh, who 
has been on the air describing fight 
shows tor ycai's. Instead of the jar- 
gon-like jumble that was his style 
in attempting to tell every blow de- 
livered. Taub spoke in measured 
tones_and permuted thn onlooker to 
see for himself what wenVon. Most 
ot his comment was between the 
rounds. Improvement in the style 
ot the radio fi^ht reporter appears 
to place him for this kind of tele- 
vision commentation. /bee. 



Orson Welles had Walter Huston 
as principal guest artist for his 
'Campbell Playhouse' broadcast from 
Hollywood Sunday (29) evening. 
Program was a 50-mInute dramatiza- 
tion -of Booth . Tarkington's novel. 
'The Magnificent Ambersons.' As 
usual the director-player gave his 
supporting lead the best of it, Huston 
nlaying a sympathetic part, while 
Welles handled the characterization 
of the intolerant son of the widow 
who was prevented from marrying 
the man of her choice 20 years pre- 
viously. Mother love overshadows 
the woman's renewed desire to wed 
her real love. 

Playlet was somewhat corny, but 
in the hands of top players it held 
interest. Huston gave his part an 
exce'lent reading, while the wonder- 
boy Welles made the grown-uo brat 
authoritative, csieciallv in his tan- 
trums. Nan Sunderland, who is 
Mrs. Huston, -was very good as the 
mother. 



ED McCONNELL 

With Irmu Glen, Del Owen 

IS Mins. 

AIR CONDITIONING CORP. 
Sunday, 10:45 a.m. 
WJZ-NBC. New York 

(Weill & Wilfciji.O 

Ed McConncll, who was reviewed 
two weeks ago . for Tastysa Bread, 
also now has a Sunday morning sesh 
on 17-odd NBC blue stations for Air 
Conditioning Training • Corp. of 
Youngstown, O.- The latter is a cor- 
respondence school scouting iJupils. 

McComicU in one breath wanted 
10,000 ■ listeners to write in, so the 
sponsor would understand, and then 
sang a hymn. 'God Understands.' He 
unloads a hokey hodge-podge of song 
and you-know-mert-wouldn't-steer- 
you- wrong blather. 'Are - ya gifting 
what ya want out o' life?', asks jovial 
Edward-, and adds, 'maybe ya present 
job is beneath yor ability and 
di.rrnity' (aren't we all slaves?). 

Irma Glen, on the organ, ahd Del 
Owen, on the piano, help the hired 
hand ot opportunity knock on the 
doors of the dissatisfied. Land. 



DODGERS VS. EAGI<E$ 
Professional Football 
Sunday {?.?.); ?.:3» p.m. 
RCA-NBC, New York 

Mobile television unit which 
broadcast fights in Brooklyn Satur- 
day evening was in action Sunday 
afternoon again in that borough, to 
telecast the football game between 
the Dodgers and the Eagles from 
Piiiladelphia. 

Again the broadcast was inlerest- 
ing and while the fli.i>lU oC the ball 
when kicked could not be followed 
by the camera. enou';h nt the action 
was vi.sible to keep Ilie eve in^on the 
rccoivinf! mirror. Hero a^ain the 
style . ot descriptive conimcntalion 
was an imDvovcmCMt over the 
usii.ally furious pace ii.sod in do- 
scri!)ing most sporlin;; events by 
radio. 

G.nme was held in the Brooklyn 
baseball park and .several players 
formerly famous in college ranks 
were in action, attention bcin'» called 
to thorn as they participated- in Ihe- 
important plays. Contest was close 
for a time, when the Philly aggrega- 
tion tied the score, but later the 
Dodgers drew out to a decisive 
victory. 

A."? -the afternoon -wore on re- 
ception was not as clt>ar as when the 
sun shone. Indicated that the pro 
games .ire started too laic for the 
.shortening days but use nf flood 
lights with which most ball parks 
are equipped should help telecast 
reception, fbce. 



'GRAND OLE OPRY' 
With George D. Hay 
30 Mins. 

R. J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO CO 
Saturday, 9:30 p.m. 
WOAI-NBC, San Antonio 

(WilHom Eslv) 

From the War Memorial Auditj. 
rium in Nashville through a speciat 
Dixie network of stations of the Niic 
web comes WSM's Grand Ole Opry 
Program is now 14 years old. Thera 
are CO odd performers in a show that 
runs for hours with a halt hour de- 
voted to the praise ot Prince Albert 

Most of the performers on fiddles 
banjos, jugs, washboards, mouth 
harns and tlie like arc claimed 
to come from, and sound as if llicy 
did, the hills of Tcnnessse, Alabama 
Kentucky and surrounding territory' 
They sing the songs handed down 
from previotis generations in pretty 
much the accepted, tradilionul style. 
At their head is the 'Solcnui Old 
Judge.' otherwise George D. Hay, 
who instituted the broadcasts. 

Program for Prince Albert o|>en3 
and closes with the familiar sound ot 
the Judge's whistle known as Ilush- 
pucknna. With a slow, easy style h» 
introduces the performers and their - 
numbers. On this special hook-up. 
Uncle Dave Macon, C8. and consia- 
cred sumoin' in the opry; Roy AculT 
and his Smoky Mountain "Boy.s are 
employed, besides two guest units 
each week. Program caught iire- 
.sentcd Ford Rush, singer, and George 
Wilkerson and the Fruit Jar Drink- 
ers as guests. 

- Show is fast moving and. if tlio 
listener isn't allergic, is easy on tha, 
ears. Outstanding bit was the sing- 
ing of Ford Rush with his rendition 
of 'Carry Me Back to the Lona 
Prairie.* Roy Acuff was heard as 
soloist in 'Wabash C-'wmonball.' 
Many ot the songs nlaycd and sung 
arc original compositions and lull are 
i-ilaycd without benefit ot sheut 
music. 

Commercials are aimed at tliosa 
who roll their own and are handled 
b.v . Dave Stone. , Short and ti-> the 
point Auilti. 

'PLAY LABORATORY' 

With Dr. WUIiam Keller. Dun Hill, 
William Sherman, George Patter- 
son, Russell PIrkey, Harry Lukeiis, 
Fred Scotl and Burton BUcktvrll 

Drama 

33 Mins. — Local . 
Sustaining 
Tuesday, 10:30 P.M. 
WAVE, Louisville 

This program came pretty clo.sj to 
giving a clear picture ot ths po.ssi- 
bilities in the drama line hereabouts. 
Utilized most of the WAVE slafT 
voices, with one or two borrowed 
from local amateur groups. Playlet 
presented was titled 'Man Who 
Could Talk to Cows,' an original by 
Graeme Gilmore ot the station's 
continuit.y staff.. 

Story concerned a man who 
claimed to have studied the nalura 
of farm animals, and who startled 
his fellow stockmen, by as.serting 
that he was possessed of a pow«r to 
converse with cows. His statements 
were met by derision from the cat- 
tle men, but wiHi tlie death of sci- 
entist who had collaborated with 
dairymen on his theories, a reaction 
among cattle herds set in with beef 
refusing to eat resulting in herds 
slowly starving.. On his deathbed, 
the scientist reestablished communi- 
cation with the herds, and consum- 
ers were again assured ot porter- 
house steaks and hamburgers. 

. Plenty of sound efTect-s, such as 
herds of cattle mooing, etc.. ara in- 
terspersed. Interest was well .sus- 
tained to the climax, and at lc;yst 
shows-that the writer has struck out 
in an original vein, with subsequent 
efforts more likeIy~to- jell than llns- 
opus. Several ot the cast have had 
dramatic experience in local ama- 
teur groups, and carry their roles 
with authority. Others were quite 
amateurish, and .several of the voices 
were too thin and high pitched for 
cattle men. 

On the whole, type of presenta- 
tion should hold audicnc.-i inlcrest 
and promises to impi-ovc as the 
weeks go on.' Planned to pi-as/"iit >iii 
original play weekly. Hold. 



The perfect host enter- 
tains' 

With Boeer Campbell, Ral|>fa Ros«'a 
Orchestra, Brounof- and hiM violin 
Musical Variety 
IS Mins. — Rejrional 
ANUEV^BR-BUSCU CO. 
M-W-F, 1 pjn. 
KABC-TSN, San Antonio 

With Roger Campbnll (.Steve Wil- 
helm), as 'the perfect host' this 
southwestern suds musicale was fast 
moving tor a. regional cffoi't. Each 
broadcast presents a 'guest artist* 
(Brounof and his violin on stair/.n 
caught). Commercials are woven 
into a story with some artfnine.s.'t 
in hitting the ear before thfr . listener 
can set up the resistance reflexes. 

Throughout the program, both tha 
entertainment parts and commer- 
cial, a harp is heard as b.icUgrounJ 
With Gail Laughton playing. Aniu. 

Dick Buppert of the WLW-WSA( 
sales promotion staff was a speaker 
la.st week at the annual coriv^^'"." 
of the National Association of Retail 
Druggists, held in St. Paul. Explained 
coordination ot Croslcy slatiuii) ao.-l 
druggists in primary area. 



W^ednecxlBy, November 1, 1939 



MUSIC-'DAMCE BAUDS 



VARIETY 



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ASCAP SEEKS GOOD WILL 



ASCAP Heads Avoid Tacoma; 
Knew in Advance Montana 
Warrants Would Be Revived 



»y HARRY T. SMITH 

Seattle, Oct. 31. 
Fojlecl veeently in New York City, 
buifUjiiiirter.s of the AmericSni So- 
tiety ot Authors, Composers and 
Publishers, the Montana group ol 
embatlled and embittered broadcast- 
er.s is still trying to have ASCAP of- 
ficials arrested as 'criminals' * and 
exiriidited to Montana. Latest move 
tc enforce warrants charging conr 
spirncy to extort has created a 
bizarre situation in nearby Tacoma 
where a master in chancery, Archie 
E. Blair, is conducting hearings in 
c-onntction with the Washington state 
litigation against ASCAP which hiis 
been challcnHed as unconstitution.nl. 
Oiil.sidc Blair's chambers the sherifl 
Js <in tlie lookout for Gene Buck, 
E. C. Mills, John Paine or Louis 
Fiolith. 

Eviflenll.v tipped olT that the high 
rommand in Missoula and Butte 
■would seek to handcuff and finger 
print and., otherwise personally 
badger the heads of ASCAP, none 
of the latter came here. Instead I he 
nheritTs men waiting outside the 
master's chambers can presumably 
only nab Herman Finkcl.stein, a 
Ntw -York attorney for . ASCAP, 
Human Greenberg, an employe or 
E<lgar Leslie, and Irving Cae.<ar. 
ASCAP songwriters. H. W. Hagland 
and George Vandcveer of Seattle are 
eIso associated with the ASCAP 
counsel. 

A Friendly SUte 

Montana broadcasters had appar 
tnlly figured that they would get 

friendly break from officials in 
this slate. ASCAP officials by stay 
ing away evidently concurred with 
this po.csibilily. Kenneth Davis, 
former legal brains of the Washing- 
ton state campaign against ASCAP 
Is thought to be the strategist be- 
hind the Montana group and is 
known io be a clever politician 
Officially he js here on behalf of 
KMO, Tacoma, although he now lives 
in Los Angeles. 

None ot the officers charged with 
enforcing the warrants telegraphed 
here Irom the sheriff of Missoula, 
who calls the ASCAP head.^ "fugi- 
tives from justice,' are familiar with 
the personalities involved. They 
piofe.'Js themselves' confused but de- 
termined to do their duty. When 
told that Mayor LaOuardiu of New 
York Cily had characterized the 
whole affair as 'a money-collection 
...matter,' the westerners replied that 
this wasn't New York. Some effort 
to exploit prejudice against 'the bi.;; 
cily' has been noted in the back- 
ground trclics. 

Ken Davis' Inuendo 

Accusation that ASCAP has tried 
to- 'extort money' from music users 
was hotly denied by songwriter 
living CaLs^T at hearing's third day. 
He said society never attempted to 
collect money for songs to which it 
did not hold copyright 

To question raised by attorney 
Ken Davis, Caesar revealed ASCAP 
has not collected a cent from Wash- 
ington state music users since state 
oopyriaht law went into effect. An- 
nual amount previously was $100,- 
000. 

. Davis suggested Tea for Two,' one 
ot Caesar's best tunes, was derived 
ftom an old Italian waltz. Song- 
writer denied implication. 

'Small Fry' Escape 

Montana authorities late Monday 
<30) had decided not to arrest 'the 
smaller try' of ASCAP's legal and 
executive staff and the two writers', 
Irving Caesar and Edgar Leslie. 

George 'Vandeveer, Washington 
State's ASCAP counsel, charged that 
Kenneth Davis, a lawyer, whose 
anli-ASCAP career has led him into 
music publishing and other 'kindred 
ventures, 'had something to do with' 
Ihe bringing on of the Montana war- 
ranis. 'Vanderveer disclosed at the 
hearing that Frohlich, Gene Buck, 
•lohn Paine and E. C. Mills suspected 
'hat « trap was being laid when the 
'■Va.shington State attorney general 
i|tlti!-td to take their depositions oii 



the case in New York. On inquiry, 
added 'Vandcveer, he was assiired by 
the attorney general that no warrants 

would be i.ssucd here; 

'We barely got the hearing under 
way,' stated 'Vandeveer, 'when a 
bunch ot deputies with warrants for 
our wilne.s.ses appeared. They were 
not is.sued in this state, but Montana.' 
Davis objected to 'Vandeveer's state- 
ments, and then asked the master 
taking the testimony to exclude all 
the wittiesses from the hearing. The 
master granled the motion, but ex 
ccpled the ASCAP delegation. 



ASCAP Counter-Sues 

Louis Frohlich, ASCAP general 
counsel, disclosed yesterday (Tues- 
day) in New York that 30 additional 
infringement suits have been filed 
against Montana broadcasters. It 
was also stated that the Society 
would call on the Federal district at- 
torney in Montana to indict these 
broadcasters for willfully violating 
the copyright act and that the' mat- 
ter may eventually wind up in the 
hands ot the U. S. Department of 
Justice. 

Ed Craney, of KGIR, Butte, and 
A. J. Mosby, of KGVO, Mi.<=soula, 
were each, it was said, served with 
10 additional action.s and there were 
five each filed against Jesse Jacobscn, 
of KFBB, Great Falls, and Charles 
O. Campbell, KGHL, Billings, 



Oberstein Sues 
Artie Shaw Who 
Claims 'Duress 





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Expects Som« Sneers From 
Broadcasters and Others 
On Move But Thinks 
'Better Lat« Than Never' 
Best Policy 



CONTRACT STATUS 



Suit of Eli E. Oberstein, former 
manager of artists and repertoire ot 
RCA-Victor, for |30,000 against 
Arthur (Artie) Shaw, was revealed 
in the N.. Y. supreme court Friday 
(27), when a request was made to 
examine the defendant before trial. 
Action claims counsel' and advice to 
Shaw from April 1937 through May 
1938, and seeks $20,000 on that plea. 
The second cause seeks 10% of the 
orchestra leader's earnings from May 
5, 1938 to Dec. 31, 1938. It is as- 
serted thai Shaw earned $100,000 in 
that period. 

The defense contests the agree- 
ment as illegal, made under duress, 
without a consideration being given 
and charges fraud and deceit. Shaw 
as.serts that the plaintiff threatened 
him with the lo.<s of his RCA 'Victor 
contract, if he did not sign the agree- 
ment. 



Monty Siegel Sues Davis 
firm for lOG Over Song 

Supreme court justice Charles B. 
McLaughlin in N Y. Monday (30) 
denied an application ot Monty 
Siegel for an injunction against Joe 
Davis. Inc., pending trial,' and or- 
dered trial ot the $10,000 action for 
Nov. 15. Answer of the defendant 
must be filed by Nov. 1.0. 

The plaintiff, a songwriter, on 
July 17 contracted with Davis to ex- 
ploit his song entitled 'Who's Got 
All the Dough." It is claimed that 
the defendant lacked sufficient per- 
sonnel to carry out the exploitation, 
did not have a contact man, and did 
not per.sonally know the manager of 
Blue Bird (Victor) Records, as was 
represented at the signing of the 
contract. Moreover, the complaint 
charges the music while published, 
was never placed in a sale edition. 

Termination of the contract and 
$10,000 damages aie sought. 



American Society ot Composers, 
Authors and Publishers is. preparing 
to meet the oft heard criticism about 
its lack of goodwill relations out in 
the field by establishing what it 
terms a users' relations department. 
Young men are cwrently being de- 
veloped for the service and it is in- 
tended to have them out calling on 
stations, as well, as theatres and 
dine-and-dance spots, around Jan. I. 

The members of the new depart- 
ment will be equipped with a pretty 
comprehensive knowledge of 
ASCAP's catalog. They will have 
nothing to do with the making of 
contracts or the collecting ot lees, 
but it- will be their job to meet the 
users ot the Society's music and ex- 
plain how each station can take full 
advantage and derive all the bene- 
fits of the ASCAP catalog. It will 
be the first time that ASCAP has 
made any special effort to do a glad- 
handing joj9 in the field. 

ASCAP officials say that they an- 
ticipate cracks about locking the 
barndoor after the horse is stolen 
but th^y add they don't propose to 
let such sneers divert them from the 
new relations project They credit 
a recent field report by Ed Grun- 
wald, ot 'Variett's staff, on the vari- 
ous reasons for the broadcasters' 
hostility toward ASCAP. as haying 
had mu(:h to do with the adoption of 
the new policy. Grunwald's article 
stressed the stationmen's gripe about 
shelling out a portion ot their intake 
to an organization whose representa- 
tives they have never become ac- 
quainted with,' for the purpose of 
asking questions, blowing steam, etc. 
The Contract 

Assurance was given by the Society 
last week that it will have its new 
license policy available tor the 
broadcasting industry by Jan. 1. It 
was said that despite numerous talks 
with independent broadcasters noth- 
ing of a concrete nature in that di- 
rection has been developed. Station 
men that have been parlies to such 
discussions have . come away with 
the impression that the Society wants 
to do away entirely, under ihe new 
contract, with sustaining fees and to 
apply the 5% commercial fee directly 
at the source ot the program origina- 
tion, network, regional or local. Also 
that ASCAP figures that even with 
the elimination of sustaining fees it 
can, by getting at the network bill- 
ings directly, collect an additional 
$1,000,000 dollars a year. 

ASCAP admits that this idea has 
been voiced to inquiring broad- 
casters but states that it is still 
.scouting a number of other posibili- 
ties. John G. Paine, ASCAP gen- 
eral manager, augmented this obser- 
vation last week with the statement 
that the Society will go on getting 
as many viewpoints as possible from 
broadcasters with the hope that when 
it does find a solution it won't ihe 
day after it's submitted to broad- 
casters be faced with a batch of law 
suits and state legislative actions. 



Broadcasters Association 
A 3rd Party, MPPA Possible 4th, 
in 'Rights Suit on Whiteman 



Alfred U. Frat Denied 
Union Band for Ball 

Alfred, N. Y., Oct. 31. 

Alfred University students are 
balked in hiring a name band for 
interfraternity ball Dec. 14 by clash 
with musicians' union of Hornell. 
Student-body refused to sign a union 
agreement that would limit non- 
union dances to four a year. 

University has . 14 organizations 
which, give small dances during the 
year, many of them using student 
musicians or small non-union orches- 
tras. Students assert they want to 
use imion bands when they can af- 
ford them, but shy at tying up their 
informal hops. Committee of .stu- 
clents will confer with union officials, 
with future use ot union bands ap- 
parently hinging on more liberal 
agreement. 



MPPA Meeting 
To Decide On 
Plugger Pact 



Membership ot the Music Pub- 
lishera Protective Association is 
slated to meet this afternoon (Wed- 
nesday) to pass on the working 
agreement which the contact men's 
union has submitted to the industry 
through Walter Douglas, MPPA 
chairman. General acceptance' of 
the contract is anticipated. 

Further changes in the terms and 
language of the document were made 
at a conference last week between 
the executive council of the union 
and Douglas. At the lalter's re- 
quest more teeth were put into the 
provision dealing with evil plug 
practices. The clause now bans like- 
wise 'loans, special arrangements, 
schemes and other subterfuges.' 
Under the agreement a publisher is 
liable to a fine of $300 for his first 
violation. He is also obligated to 
put up a bond of $1,000 to guarantee 
his future abidance, and another 
$1,000 it an unfavorable verdict by 
an arbitration boars'^ results In the 
confiscation of the initial grand. 

It was also agreed at the confer- 
ence that the contaclccr be required 
to give his employer only two weeks 
notice. The same notice clause as 
revised provides for the following 
scale: Two weeks' notice tor those 
on the job up to two years, tour 
weeks for those employed from two 
years to five years, eight weeks for 
five to 10-year termers and 12 week-s 
for contactmen who have been with 
the firm over 10 years. 



Paul Whiteman-'Victor sUit became 
a three-way scrimmage again last 
week when the National Association 
ot Broadcasters filed an appeal from 
the decision of Federal Judge "Vin- 
cent Leibell. The N.A.B. got into the 
complicated legal tilt by retaining 
Stuart Sprague to carry on in behalf 
of WNEW, N. Y., the defendant in 
the original action. RCA 'Victor last 
week, like Whiteman the week be- 
fore, also took an appeal from Judge 
Leibell's decision, which posed the' 
unusual situation of no litigant be- 
ing satisfied with the lower court's 
ruling on the question of who own.s 
the common law property right, if 
any, in a phonograph record. 

Like 'Whiteman, Victor, is making 
it a limited, appeal. Neither wants to 
disturb Judge Leibell's finding that 
there is such a thing as a common 
law right in a ' phonograph disc, 
whereas the N.A;B. in its appeal 
attacks the whole decision and con- 
1 tends that neither the manufacturer 
I nor the interpretive artist has a right 
, to control the use of hei- recorded 
i works on the air. 

Clearer, Please 
I The 'Victor appeal takes the view 
; that Judge Leibell's decree is per- 
fectly correct but it holds that some 
of the decree's language ought to be 
clarified. The decree speaks of the 
manufacturer having a permanent 
right in his product but the company 
thinks that this should be called a 
common layr right It also asks the 
court of appeals to redefine the per- 
manent and the common law prop- 
erty right. 'Victor likewise is. ap- 
pealing against the injunction that 
Judge Leibell issued against WI^W, ' 
because it .was something that Victor 
hadn't asked tor in its pleadings, 
Whiteman had asked tor the injunc- 
tion. 

There i.s a likelihood of still ■ 
fourth parly participating in this- ap- 
peal. The Music Publishers Protec-^ 
live Association is considering filing 
a petition with the U. S. Circuit. 
Court for permission to intervene in 
the case. The pubs would contend 
that any right granted to the manu- • 
facturer or the interpretive artist is 
subordinate to or dependent on the 
statutory right which is held by the 
copyright owner. Without the orig- 
inal copyright composition, runs this 
line of . argument neither the inter- 
pretive artist nor the manufacturer 
wouldjiave. anything on which to 
base their claim of a common law 
property right The law also pre- 
scribes that the copyright owner has 
the right to dictate how the licensed 
numl>er may be used. 



Waxing Several Not Too 
Familiar Gershwin Tones 



Mills' English Imports 



Mills Music, Inc., has augmenled 
its standard catalog with a group ot 
semi-classical ballads obtained from 
Ascherber^, Hopwood & Carew, 
Ltd., London publishers. 

Group of 10 ballads acquiicd from- 
this Jiource include such composers 
as Hayden Wood, Pat Thayer, Regi- 
nald Morgan and Albert Arlen, 
while the titles include 'My Life Is 
a Love Song,' 'Dolores,' 'You're 
Mine Forevtr' and 'Springtime in 
County Clavii.' 



Ai. eight-record album, to include 
several not too well-known George 
Gershwin tunes, will be recorded 

I this week and next by singer Lee 
Wiley and an all star band. Num- 
bers, some of which were never pub- 
lished, are from legit -nusicals, etc. 
They'll be split, four ballads and 
four rhythm pennings. 

Joe Bushkin, Max Kaminsky, 
George Wettling, Jess Stacey, Eddie 
Condon, Muggsy Spanier, Artie Bern- 
Eleln, and others, will make up the 
two combinations, some of them on 
one set and some on the other. 
Tunes are: 'I've Got a Crush on Ydu,^ 
'But Not for Me,' 'Samson and Deli- 
lah,' 'Someone to Watch Over Me,' 
'My One and Only,* 'How Long Has 
This Been Going On,' 'Sweet and 
Lowdown,' 'S'Wonderfiil,' with 'Isn't 
It a Pity,' an alternate. They're to 

I be made for Liberty Music Shops. 



No Imme^ate Alarm 
Ahout Collections 
Overseas Says ASCAP 

Foreign relations committee of the 
American Society of Composer.s, 
Authors and Publishers feels confi- 
dent that the Society's financial set- 
up with its affiliates abroad won't 
be seriously affected by the Euro- 
pean war. The committee came to 
this conclusion at a meeting la£t . 
week. 

After making a study ot corres- 
pondence from abroad the committee 
decided that there's nothing about 
the situation to be alarmed about at 
the present time and that there 
shouldn't be any difficulty in collect- 
ing royalties from Francei, England, 
Italy and any other country but Ger- 
miany. When the war broke the 
Society -began to wonder whether 
its foreign income wouldn't be de- 
cidrly rpdnppfV 'from Tliirnp £^n_ 
sources while the conflict lasted. 



Joe Motrin Mnslc Co., New York, 
h<is been dissolved. Papers <o this 
effect have been -filed -^vith the Sec- 
retary of State by Arthur L. Fish- 
j bcin, rJcw York City. 



52 



VARIETY 



MUSIC— DANCE BANDS 



Wednesday, November 1, I9?,ff 



On the Upbeat 



Bob Zurke into Paramount theatre, 
N. Y., N0V..8. He'll have Bob Crosby, 
who he left to form liis own band, 
as opposition at the Strand. Crosby 
opens the 10th. 



sical now in New York, for Liberty 
Music Shops. Band plays at Monte 
Carlo restaurant. Straeter's on tlic 
Coast for weelc with Kale Smith. 



the band went otl its radio commer- 
cial. 



Buddy Waffnsr's all electric band ; 
signed by Music Corp. ot America. I 



15 Best Sheet Music SeUers 

(Week, ending Oct. 28, 1939) 



Duke Ellinclon at Hose Room of 
Forum, Wicliila, Nov. 10. 



. Paul Wliltcman. also sets aside o 
Sammy Kaye geltmg seven^net- . . ^^^^ Yorker Hotel .to 

work shots weekly from the Com- | ^.^^ord voices of patrons who want 



jnodore Hotel, N. Y., 
opened last Friday (27). 



where he 1 ^^ -^^^^ ^^.j,,, jjij jfj each Fri- 



day. 



Bobby Byrne's new band to do the 
one-night guest shot at the New 
Yorker Hotel, N. Y., Sunday (5). 



Slim Galllard combo held over at 
Rendezvous. Philadelphia. 



Lincoln Hotel, N. Y.. went into 
Monday night guest bands this week 
(30). Started with new Snooks Fried- 
man outnt. 



! Joe Marsala band out of <;afe So- 
iciety Monday (30). Had been booked 
I only for -two weeks. Joe Sullivan 
1 combo stays for next show, with 

Boogie-Woogie pianists and Ida Cox. 

blues singer, starting Nov. 7. Ed 

Hall, clarinetist, joined Sullivan's 

combo. 



Del Courtney band, now at the 
Ambassador Hotel, N. Y., gets shot 
on Milton Berle's 'Stop Me If You've 
Heard This One' radio show this 
Sunday (4). 



Will Bradley band, picked up Car- 
lotta Dale, vocalist formerly wilh 
Jau Savitt, and Peter Hucko, tenor 
sax. 



Moe Gale, manager of the Inkspots, 
was tendered a surprise party last 
week by the quartet on the fifth an- 
niversary of their association with 
him. Took place at the Rathskeller, 
Philadelphia, where the group 
worked before they clicked. 



Billy Rowe, ■ colored, formerly of 
Pittsburgh Courier, joins Columbia 
Records next Monday (G) in promo- 
tion.il capacity. He'll headquarter in 
New York. 



GN Lays Off 



Jack Jenney band replaces Fats 
Waller at Famous Door, N. Y., next 
Tuesday (Nov. 7). Terry Lawlor re- 
places Maxine Sullivan at same time. 
Woody Herman opening set back 
front Nov. 21 to Nov. 28. 



Will Osborne dated for Philadel- 
phia Food Show at Convention Hall 
there Nov. 1. 



Ralph Hawkins, from Harry James' 
crew, replaces Buddy Rich with 
Artie Shaw Nov. 13. Rich takes 
drummer spot with Tommy Dorsey. 



Glenn Miller given outstanding 
band plaque by Songhils Mag. 



Raymond Scott's new big band cut 
first two sides for Ck>lumbia. They're 
'Just a Gigolo' and 'Peanut Vendor.' 



Nick Pisani takes a full-size band 
Into the Coronado Hotel, St. Louis, 
Nov. 17. He was recently at the 
same spot as a mernber of Vincent 
Lopez's crew. 



Ted Straeter recorded the entire 
score of 'Too Many Girls,' legit mu- 



Teddy Powell band signed for a 
tour of the Brandt circuit. 



Nan Wynn drops out of the vocal- 
ist spot with Hal Kemp after the 
band finishes its Strand theatre, 
N. Y. date. Contract expired when 



Continued from page 3 

partially from Electric Research 
Products, Inc.. it is understood, and 
partially from New York bankers. 
Erpi is owed $200,000 on a mortgage 
which must be paid off to clear GN's 
studio, which is being used as col- 
lateral on the $000,000 Joan. 

In making his apologies to the 
Court for failure to act sooner, 
Rogers declared that it might be 
feasible to place the company in vol- 
untary reorganization under Chapter 
XI of the Chandler Act. Hammons 
later declared that this would be 
unnecessary,, as sufticient money for 
all purposes is now on hand. 

Mandelbaum's Opinion 
Judge Mandelbaum declared, in 
making his decision, that the peti- 
tion was insufficient, but he ex- 
pressed amazement that the RFC 
granted the loan despite the bank- 
ruptcy. 'It is a shame,' declared 
Mandelbaum. 'that a corporation of 
this size and of this importance, is 
allowed to go by default when the 
whole world has knowledge-that an 
involuntary petition lias been filed 
against it, and still nothing is done 
by its officials. Such lack of action 
is' not for the protection of its stock- 
holders, or in the best interests of 
those vitally concerned with the 
company's welfare. Even if this 
was the sale ot a little peanut stand, 
someone would have appeared to 
oppose . the appointment of a re- 
ceiver. Such laxity and neglectful- 
ness is the worst in my experience. 
The entire proceeding places the 
court and the receiver in very em- 
barrasing situations.' 

Hammons tried to apologize for 
the failure ot the company to do 
anything, saying that he was in 
Washington arranging for the RFC 
loan, and as soon as he read of the 
matter he had hastened back. 




AND NOW WATCH — 



Don'T mnKE niE mucH 



INTRODUCED AND RECORDED BY 

SAMMY KAYE 

AND HIS SWING AND SWAY ORCHESTRA 



AND NtVlR FORGET 



CHB cniLOUjnv s jumpin jiue 

EDUinRD B. mnRKS music [ORPORnnon 

RCA BUILDING • RADIO CITY • NEW YORK 
FRANK HENNICS, Grnerj/ Professional Mgr. 



South of the Border Shapiro 

*Over the Rainbow ('Wizard of Oz'; Feist 

Blue Orchids , . . Famou-i 

Man With the Mandolin Santly 

Scatterbrain BVC 

In an Eighteenth Century Drawing Room Circle 

Beer Barij-I Polka Shapiro 

♦An Apple for the Teacher ('Star Maker') Santly 

Day In— Day Out BVC 

My Prayer Skidmore 

Lilacs in the Rain Robbins 

What's New Witmark 

tSouth American Way ( Streets of Paris') Harms 

El Ranoho Grande Marks 

God Bless America Berlin 

•Filiiitisical. 1 Prodiiclioii. 



Network Plugs, 8 AI. to 1 Al. 



Folloicidf/ IS n (ofn/i:n(/oii o/ the combined plugs o/ ciirrciit tioic.'! on 
NBC (WE/lF niid W./Z'. anO CBS (WABC) computed jor the week liom 
Monday through Suudaii (Oct. 23-29). Totnl represents occiniiulatod 
jjcr/or«iniiccs on tJie rico ^najor ncliuorUs from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Symbol • 
denotes fihn somj, V Icgit, nli ot>tcrs nrc pop. 

GRAND 

TITLE PUBMSHER TOT\I, 

What's New Witmark 39 

South ot the Border Shapiro 37 

Are You Havin' Any Fun. . .-.Scandals Crawford .16 

El Rancho Grande Marks 3r> 

My Last Goodbye Berlin 34 

Good Morning...' abes in Ari-.is Chappell 33 

Blue Orchids Famous 3'' 

Day In— Day Out BVC 27 

Last Night Feist 27 

Man with the Mandolin Santiv 27 

Lilacs in the Rain Robbins 2r> 

Scatterbrain BVC 25 

M.^ Prayer Skidmore 2ry 

Ding Dong Witch Is Dead. . .'Wizard of Oz Feist 24 

Over the Rainbow. Wizard of Oz Feist 24 

I Didn't Know What Time. . . IToo Many Girls! ; . Chapoell 22 

Many Dreams Ago Harms 22 

A Man and His Dream. . .'Star Maker Santiv 19 

Goody Goodbye Olma'n 19 

Can I Help It. ..iSwingin a Dream Remick 18 

It's a Hundred to Oiie Miller 17 

Little Man Who Wasn't There Robbins 17 

Vol Viiitu Gaily Star Green 17 

Goodnight My Beautiful. . .i Scandals Crawford l:') 

Melancholy Lullabyc Paramount l.'i 

MoonlightSercnr.de Robbins l.'i 

Table in a Corner Robbins 1"> 

An Apple for the Teacher. . . 'Star Maker Santly 14 

All in Favor Sav .\ye Harms 14 

Baby Me ..ABC- 13 

Comes Love. . .-^ Y'okel Boy Chappell 12 

In an Eighteenth Cenliiiy Drawing Room Circle 12 

Jumpin' Jive Marks 12 

South American Way .. .-i Streets ot Paris Harms 12 

To You. ,., Paramount 12 

Love Never Went to College. . .(Too Many Girls.. Chappell H 

Oh You Crazy Moon . Witmark . . . .: 11 

Ciri Biri Bin ;. Paramount ID 

I Must Have One More Ki.ss Santly 10 



Shawns 'Geneva^ 



.Continued from pa;e 1_ 



bers of the human race disliking 
each other, war among nations must 
be a factor of civilization. The ser- 
mon of the court is rung in as the 
hypothetical solution, but is argued 
down 33 unworkable. 

First-night audience went for 
'Geneva' in a big way, frequently 
breaking out in cheers. Play will 
enrich the coffers in democracies. 
Played to perfection and, under 
Maurice Colbourne's direction, it has 
-been paced for best effecUs. Mana- 
gers Colbourne and Barry Jones, 
with Jessica Tandy, hava roles in 
the play. 

'Geneva' wa."; originally produced 
last year at the Malvern Festival, 
England, later enjoying soma suc- 
cess in London's West End. 



GENEVA 



Revised ^Irama In llir"** s'.-ls by Cfor^a 
nci'ii'ircl SIkuv; preriented hi r^^iWMlory by 
Maurlcu (..'olhiiuriiH and Han-/ . Junes; 
sufied by L'omouni*: setliiiR.H. oiionlng Rt 
iho Royal AlcxuniJia, Toronlo, Ocl. 80. 
'oU: $i;.50 loip. 

ncponla Erown Xnmh Howard 

Joiv JJeckeu Bould 

Newcomer Harvoy Braban 

Widow SuHan Tunier 

Journall.it Jack Brown 

IJtahop ". Kf^naud I.ockwood 

Commlflsnr tVsky Donald Fcrguaoa 

Secretary oC LeaBiie oC Nallrtns 

Cyril Cardlner 
Sir Orpbeus Midlander. . .T*a\vrence Hnnray 

Jut'se Harry Jonca 

Hetrolhod. l*ali Ick Imdlow 

rombardoiie Krncst Borrow 

Battler Maurlr« Colbourne 

Denconosfl Jessica Tandy 

General l-'laiu'o do t'yrtinbra:i 

Jo)m Tuinbutt 



YESTERDAY'S HIT 
TODAY'S REQUEST 



APRIL 

IN 
PARIS 

Lyrict by E. Y. Harbura 
Mus!o by Varnon Duk* 

HARMS, INC. 



RCA Bulldlni 



rg«w York City 



Smack! Smack! Smack! 

A TKRIIIFIO NOVELTE 

I MUST HAVE 

ONE MORE 
KISS, KISS, KISS 

nOL'IlT.E VER.SIO.N 
£XTR.\ CUOKtSKS 

SANTLY-JOY-SELECT 
1V1» ' Broadway, M«vr York 



THE TOWN IS RAVING ABOUT THIS UNUSUAL HIT SONG 

SPEAKING OF HEAVEN 

Words by MACK GORDON Music by JIMMY VAN HEUSEN 

MILLER MUSIC, Inc. » 1629 Broadway, New York « LON MOONEY, Gen. Prof. Mgr. 



Wednesday, Novemlier 1, 1939 



MUSIC— DANCE BANDS 



VARIETY S3 



Inside Stuff-Music 



City officials' and execs of the Chamber of Commerce at Charleslon, Mo., 
had the job of squaring a faux pas pulled by a gang of musicians that ac- 
companied members of the St. Louis C. of C on a good will tour last week. 
The St. Louis delegation, headed by St, Louis footers, were parading down 
Charleston's main stem when they neared a building where the State 
Women's Christian Temperance Union was holding its annual convention. 

The footers broke into "Beer Barrel Polka' as they passed the building. 
Then it was up to the Charleston biggies to give assurances it was a 
coincidence. 

Although Famous Music Corp, won the toss from Santly-Joy-Select six 
weeks ago.it has yet to decide on what tunes it wants from the score of 
Bing Crosby's forthcoming Paramount production, 'Road to Singapore.' 
Because the coin fell in its favor, Famous is eligible to take "Too Roman- 
tic' and 'Kaigoon' or "Sweet Potato Piper' and 'Kaigoon.' The. toss arrange- 
ment also prevailed in the selection of numbers between the two firms in 
connection with "The Star- Maker' score. Santly likewise lost but turned 
lip with the lone two hits, 'Apple for the Teacher' and 'A Man and His 
Dream:' Santly has the Crosby tunc writers, Johnny Burke and Jimmy 
Monaco, under contract. 



«♦<♦«♦ I 



► *-*■*■■*■■*■■*■*** ♦♦♦♦♦♦ 



I Baiid Bookings 



. Jack Robbins who, at flr.st, wanted, to pass.Aip publishing the score of 
'Balalaika,' Sam Katz's musical for Metro, will now do so. Harry Link, 
the Robbins-Feist-Miller music contact with the M-G studio, is currently 
on the Coast conferring on the details, and Feist will probably be the out- 
let for the score. Robbins has the privilege to reject any scores for pub- 
lication by his Arms,, \mder his Metro deal, and has done so several times 
before, including 'HonoluUi' which was grabbed up by the Bregman-Vocco- 
Conn firm, instead. 



David Graves George, who has been suing Victor for writer. royalties on 
The Wreck ot the 97' since 1927,. has petitioned the U. S. supreme court 
for a write of certiorari. That<takes the case before the country's top 
tribunal for the second time. George won out in the lower court to the 
tune of $65,000 phis interest, but the circuit court of appeals ruled in the 
recording company's favor. The original move to the supreme court oc- 
curred on a technical point after George had got a verdict. 



Robbins'Mu.sic Co. will publish all future, Duke Ellington compo.silions. 
Leader signed with Robbins last week and has forwardetl maausci'ipt for 
•Lullaby,' soon to be introduced by Meredith Willsoh, "BounVin^' Buoy- 
ancy,' "Little Ppsy' and "The Sergeant Was Shy' for publication. 

Robbins published an Ellington writing, 'Jig Walk,' in 1925, and 'Rhap- 
sody, Jr.' in 1925. Since then Ellington had published through Mills Music. 



Jimmy Lunceford, Nov. 27, two 
weeks. Southland Cafe, Boston. 

Jimmy Dorsey, Dec. 1, IFC Hall, i 
Troy, N. V.; 15, . Biltmore ho.tel, i 
Providence. 

Larry Clinton, Nov. 5, Waldorf- 
Astoria Hotel, N, Y.; 6, Morristown 
High School; Morristown, N. J, 

Jimmy Dorsey, Nov. 3, Springfield. 
Mass. 

Mai Hallet, Nov. 6, East Markert 
Gardens, Akron, Ohio; 25, IMA Aud., 
Flint, Michigan; Dec. 2, Norlhfteld, 
Minn. 

Claude Hopkins, Nov. 6, . New 
Bradford theatre, Bradford, Pa.: 6, 
Capitol theatre. Wheeling, W. Va.; 
21, Newcastle, Pa. 

Artie Shaw, week Jan. 19, 1940, 
Hipp theatre, Balto. 

Ina Ray Hutton, Nov. A, Wayne 
U., Detroit; 11, Arcadia, Providence, 
R. I.; "25, Trianon B., Chicago. 

Charley Agnew, Nov. 11, Armory, 
Maran, Ind, 

Lou Breese, Nov. 22, Netherland 
Pliaza, Cincinnati. 

Freddie Fisher, Nov, 12, Fort 
Dodge, Iowa. 

Earl HofTman, Nov. ■ 11, Midwest 
Athletic C, Chicago. 



Understanding and Compronuse 
May Give Union Penn Contract 



Curious reaction to popular tunes is the fact that numbers based on 
clas.sical music invariably boost sales of the classical versions. Serious 
wiitings of Ravel's "Pavanne," "Romeo and Juliet' and Tschaikowsky's 'Fifth 
Symphony' have each experienced renewed interest since 'Lamp Is Low,' 
"Our Love' and 'Moon Love,' on which they're based in that order, became 
popular. 



Sidetrack Enforcement 
Of Union Demand For 
Full Contract Info 



INCOMERS TO CHICAGO 



American Federation of Musicians' 
international executive board has de- 
terred until further notice the en- 
forcement of a recent ruling requir- 
ing band bookers to file contracts 
carrying all details of dates such as 
amount paid each musician, amount 
charged for transportation, agent's 
commission, etc. Circular letter 
signed by Joe Weber, AFM prez, ad- 
vised bookers of the sidetracking. 

Also stated, however, that the sup- 
plementary letter did. not release 
bookers from supplying such data to 
the local in whose jurisdiction each 
date was played. 



PALLMA, WARNER SUE 
SAMFOlCFOrSlOCOOO 



Frank J. Pallma, Jr., and Stanley 
Warner have filed suit for $100,000 
in the N. Y. federal court Thursday 
<26), against Sam and Harry Fox 
doing business, as the Sam Fox Pub- 
lishing Co. Action is based on five 
causes, with the plaintiffs who were 
in business in Chicago prior to 192ft 
as Pallma, Inc., a music corp., claim- 
"ig first, that the, defendants 
breached a contract made in March,, 
1938, whereby they sold out to the 
defendants. They seek $40,000 on 
the Brst cause, claiming unpaid 
royalties and payments due from the 
sale ot copies of music and from 
earnings on foreign rights, mechani- 
cal reproduction rights, film, and 
radio rights. 

The second cause seeks $5,000 as 
an amount due from the sale of the 
oook music rights, for which they 
were to receive 10"'o :of the sales. 
The third claims failure i>n the part 
ol Sam Fox to pay th> debts and 
obligations, including authors and 
composers royalties, due under con- 
IracU. 

The fourth seeks damages for fail- 
ure to itemize payments and keep 
separate sums due to the plaintiffs, 
sntl lastly the defendants are 
Charged with failure to keep a list- 
ing of the music in th >• catalog of 
a'l assigned works, and failure to ; 
properly exploit them. ' | 

An accounting of profits Is also 
■•'•Jught. 



Flock of Band Changes — Ted Weems 
Vice Bill Bardo 



Chicago, Oct. 31. 

SeveraL shifts set for bands at 
local niteries, Ted Weems orches- 
tra comes into the Edgewater Beach 
hotel late in. November to replace 
the current Bill Bardo band. 

Joe Sanders orchestra returns to 
loop on Nov. 20, replacing Johnny 
Davis band in the Blackhawk cafe. 
Orrin Tucker orchestra takes over 
the Empire Room in the Palmer 
House on Jan. 7, following Tommy 
Dorsey band. 

Phil Levant orchestra comes into 
the southside Trianon for Andrew 
Karzas oh Dec. 2, following the stay 
of An.<;on Weeks orchestra, with 
Jack McLean orchestra coming on 
Dec. 23 to replace the Levant outfit. 

Clyde Lucas orchestra, which 
comes into the Aragon, northside 
danceries, on Nov. 28, stays until 
Dec. 23 when Dick Jurgens aggrega- 
tjon. returns^ _ . 



LAWYER-MGRS. 
INODDTIEUP 



New angle on lawyers in the band 
biz is last week's affiliation of the law 
offices of Mike Vallon and Chubby 
Goldfarb and that of Johnny Glus- 
kin. They'll co-op on pushing the 
band of Johnny Magee, Goldfarb and 
Vallon personal managing and Glus- 
kin supplying financial assistance as 
well as having a say in the manage- 
ment. Outside of the mutual inter- 
est in Magee, th6 two law offices 
have no conneetion. 

Vallon and his partner originally 
handled Magee, Gluskin coming in 
simply to aid in financing the build- 
up. Gluskin is also lawyer-manager 
for Tommy Dorsey, Jack Teagarden, 
iSunny Berigan, and is in on Gene 
Krupa among others. Goldfarb and 
Vallon have Woody Herman and 
Teddy Powell. 



Mose Gumble Back 



Mose Gumble has been brought! 
back east from Hollywood by Her- 
man Starr, head of the Warner Bros, 
publishing group, to handle a spe- 
cial assignment in the combine's 
standard division. 

Gumble was. on the Const for two 
■years as a contact man for th'- cur- 



^ Philadelphia, Ocl. 31. 

■ After fighting for nearly ■ eipht 
months to get a closed shop with the 
University of Penri.sylvania the Mu- 
cians Union may at last be ne.-ii ing 
its goal. Last night (.30) olTicial.< of 
the union met with representative.^ 
of .15 fraternities in the office of the 
Dean of the university, and the col- 
legians indicated that they would 



rent catalogs of the various WB ! sign up with the union. Officers of 



firms. 



the other 31 fraternity hou.<;es will 
confer with the union during the 
remainder of the week and it is be- 
, lieved that a termer will be inked 
{ before the week is out. 
I The main sqtjawk on the part .of 
1 the college boys was that the $12-b- 
! man fee demanded by the union wiis 
The union is said to have 
slash this fee to $9, if 
the Inler-Fraternity Council comf.<i 
Quarterly meeting of the board of <o terms. The lower rate will be al- 
the Newark local of the American i lowed only in functions within the 
Federation of Musicians convened i fraternity houses. For bis dances in 
last Saturday (28), but was deferred hotel ballrooms, auditoriums, <lc., 
until later date due to lack of quo- the union will demand regular scale 
rum. Among the things supposed to ! rates. 

have been taken up was a remote 1 The softening on the. pari of the 
pickup tax ruling for that area. [college orgs came" after the union 



Newark Local Defers Tax 
On Pickups; No Quorum 

At Quarterly Meeting: ^""S 5 



It's being watched becau.se the 
Newark jurisdiction takes in Cedar 
Grove, N. J., where Frank Dailey's 
Meadowbrook is situated. If such a 
ruling goes through it will affect the 
number of network pickups per week 
from the spot Wires arc .probably 
the main reason for its name band 
policy. 



PRE-TRIAL EXAMINATION 
OF FLETCHER ON NOV. 8 



Examination before trial of Archie 
Fletcher, treasurer of Joe Morris 
Music Co., and of Ernest M. Burnett 
was set for Nov. 8 by federal judge 
Samuel Mandelbaum Friday (27). 
Those to be examined are defendants 
in an action brought by May belle 
Watson Bergmann, who claims that 
she is the writer of the lyrics . to 
'Melancholy,' or 'My .Melancholy 
Baby,' which the music corp. is now 
publishing. 

Burnett, writer of the musif, is 



handed down an ultimatum last 
Thursday (26), that unless the fra- 
ternities agreed to negotiate, the en- 
tire university would be placed on 
the unfair list. This would, in- ef- 
fect, cancel the showing of the col- 
lege Mask and Wig Musical. "Great 
Guns,' skedded to open at the Er- 
lahger theatre Nov. 20. It, would also, 
i have forced the cancellation of name 
' bands inked to play . at important 
' campus functions. Among these 
was Glenn Miller, who is set for the 
' junior prom next month. 
I The ultimatum was to have ex- 
pired yesterday. Before the dead- 
line, however, a committee of the 
rah-rah boys got in touch with Rex 
Riccardi, union secretary, and said 
they were ready to talk turkey. 

Riccardi and Ralph Kirsch, chair- 
man of the unionization committee 
of Local 77, represented the union 
at the confabs. Max Liester, Mar- 
tin Mpscovitz, Robert Edmiston, and 
Warren B. Smith spoke for the un- • 
dergraduates. The latter is editor of 
the Pennsylvanian, campus daily, 
which rapped the union in an edi- 
torial, accusing it of trying to 'sand- 



ROADHOUSE ACCIDENTS 

Tbey Inspire Jimmy Dorsey to Help 
Out Victims I 



Music Notes 



Frank Skinner scoring Deanna 
Durbin"s picture, "First Love,' at 
Universal. 



Werner Janssen writing oi'igin.il 
scores for 'House Across the Bay' 
and 'City For Sale' at Walter 
Wanger's. 



George R. Brown and Irving Act- 
man sold their di'.ty, 'A Hundred 
I Kisses From Now!' to Walter Wanger 
ifor his picture, "The House Across 
the Bay.' 

Cy F»uer doing the musical scoring 
on Republics 'Main Street Lawyer." 

Hal Roach signed Aaron Coplan to 
write the musical score for "Of Mite 
and Men." 



Last time Junmy Dorset's orches- | 
tra was located at Meadowbrook, | 
Cedar Grove, N. J., the orchestra j 
played a Sunday afternoon benefit 
concert for a waiter of the spot who 
had been badly injured by a police 
cap-on Route 23 outside. Past Sunday 
(29) Dorsey played a second benefit, 
this time for the family of a parking 
attendant— killed Friday,- -Oct.- -13,— in 
much the same way. He was Richr. 
ard Forenges. * 

To augment Dor.<;ey"s band, Paul 
Whiteman sent the Modernaires, 
Charley Teagarden, trumpeter, and 
Joe Mooney, accordionist, from his 
outfit and a personal check to con- 
tribute to the fund. Benefit drew 
about 2,500 at 25c a head for the 
three and a half hour session with no 
dancing, floor being covered with 
chairs. Besides which Frank Dailey 
donated the profits from the bar 
sales. 



named as a defendant for not join- i bag' the students by forcing them to 
ing her as a plaintiff. She a.sserts i P'''^ ^'^'^" 
that in 1936 he assigned his rights ! An editorial in the organ ye.Mer- 
tj, Morris, and since then has re- ' day. however, was very conciliatory, 
ccived $1,900 as royaltie.?. I "Stating that the union was being 

An injunction against further pub- ] '"ir and equitable.' 

lication of the song, an accounting ' 

ot the profits, and half the monies ! a /»/»/» w • n • 
received by Burnett from the music , SlU.uUU LOUIS KamCO 

lirm is sought. The plaintiff esti- | ^ ' 
mates her portion of the song to be ■ 
worth $10,000. i 



Award to Second Trial 



Johnny Marvin sold his song, 
'Moon of .Manna,' to Republic, to be 
.sung in 'South of the Border,' 



Herbert Stotbart, Bob Wright and 
Chet Forrest cleffed 'Shadows on the 
Sand' for "Balalaika' at Metro. 



Roy Webb writing the musical 
score for 'Abe Lincoln in Illinois' 
at RKO. 



I Billy McDonald's orchestra follows 
■ Bill Roberts into Florentine Gardens, 
I Hollywood, Nov. 5. 



Goodman's Longhair Discs 



Benny Goodman will make .sym- 
phonic platters for Columbia Records 
as well as pop stuff. He'll do the 
.serious side as a member of a full 
symphonic band and work also with 
various well-known small units. 
While with Victor, (ioodntan record- 
ed longhair material with the Buda- 
pest string quartet with which he 
played a date at Town Hall, N. Y., 
last year. 

Goodman will plane to Buffalo this 
Sunday (5), on his night off from the 
Waldorf Hotel, N. Y., to be guest 
.soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic 
Orchestra at Consistory Auditorium. 
He'll play Mozart's clarinet concerto 
with full band accompaniment under 
the direction ot Arthur Autori. 
Leader is set for a date at Town Hall, 
N. Y., Jan. 10 and another at Carne- 
gie Hall, N. Y., Feb. 27. 



Paine Must Prove Claims 
For Public-Domain Works 

Federal Judge John C. Knox in 
N, Y. yesterday (Tues.) decided that 
.the_burden-Of .pr.oof_on_recovery.^an 
mu sica l com positions in the public 
domain abroad rhust be furni.shed by 
John G. Paine, special agent for the 
Music Publishers Protective Ass'n. ;\f 
the plaintiff, but that the defendant. 
Electrical Research Products. Inc., 
must furnish all evidence it has on 
hand. If neither can supply evi- 
dence a.s to a composition. Paine may 
not collect royalties on that coinpu- 
silion. 

Paine, as a.ssignoe of approximute- 
ly 100 music publishini; hou.<:e.s, had 
sued ERPI for $211,743 unpaid roy- 
alties. The decision of the judge 
last April referred the case to spe- 
cial master Herman C. Storch to de- 
termine what was owed. The above 
technicality slumped the master, and 
was brought before Judge Knox for 
his decision. 



Chicago, Oct. 31. 
Appellate Court of Illinois last 
'■ week reversed and remanded a judg- 
. mcnl for $10,000 against band leader 
i Louis Panico. Lower courts had orig- 
inally awarded to Frank Be-/;emok, 
I former jnembej. .of . the. Panico pr- 
i chcstra, a judgment for $lb,(j(i0 
I again.st Panico for personal injuries 
: leccived in a bus accident several 
years ago. 
• Case goes back to lower courts tor 
rehearing. Harold Fine was the at- 
torney for Panico. 



IDA COX REDISCOVERED 

Once . a. Best Seller In Befssie Smith 
Days — Set For Columbia 

Ida Cox, blues singing contem- 
porary of Bessie Smith and once a 
best seller herself, has been sighed 
by Columbia Records to cut an al- 
bum of tunes and contribute to the 
company's race catalog. She'll begin 
cutting this week. 

Miss Cox had been touring the 
.south with a unit labeled 'Dark town 
Scandals.' She al.so goes into the 
floor show at the Cafe Society, N.V., 
Nov. 7. 



Glenn Miller Not Pressured 
By A.F.M. for Oberstein 

No action has as yet been taken b.v 
i the . American Federation of Musi- 
' cians on the application of Eli Ober- 
! stein fUnited States Record Corp.) 

to force Glenn Miller to record lar 
> his outfit. According to the AFM 
i Miller has been advised of Ober- 
' stein's move by mail, and no definite 

date has been set for it to come be- 
j fore the board. 

Oberstein is seeking to get Miller 
' to wax for his label, though the band . 

is lied solidly to RCA-Victor. 



SIMON FOX, 81, DIES 

Cleveland, Oct. 31. 
Simon Fox, 81, father, of Sam and 
Harry Fox,, of the Sam Fox Music 
Publishing Co., of New York and 
Cleveland, died at his Clevel.-ind 
home of various complications Oct. 
30, He had been as.sociated with his 
sons in the business for the past 25 
years. 

Besides the two .son.s, his widow-, 
Sarah, .survives. Burial was in 
Cleveland. 



Werner Hermann .sold his dilty, 'X 
Ri.iny Day,' to MeU'o. 



34 



VARIETY 



Wednesday, November 1, 1939 



Night Club Reviews 



CHEZ PAREE, CHI 



Chicogo, Oct. 26. 
Abe Lyman Orch, Joe Lewis, 
Tamara, Rose Blane, Wally & Ver- 
dyn Stapleton, Poul Haakon, Maria. 
Monterez, Fred Evans- Ensemble. 

This lineup has practically every- 
thing ill the way of bang-up enter- 
tainment, from a corking orchestra 
to standout production numbers. 

Abe Lyman's orchestra holds over 
from the, previous show and has 
what it takes. Group has a straight 
number to itself and is a powerful 
click, also playing niftily for the 
show and dancing. Lyman as a per- 
former does much to put over the 
individual acts with his occasional 
crossQre and clowning. 

Joe Lewis, practically a Chicago 
institution,' born and bred here, is 
surefire. He has reached a new high 
in both material and delivery. 

Paul Haakon adds genuine merit 
to the show with his ballet work. 
He's doing a slightly longer routine 
than ordinarily, but the audience is 
eating out of his mitts. Best item, as 
ever, is his Portuguese sailor dance. 

Tamara is a neat looking and gra- 
cious singer, more recently in 'Leave 
It to Me.' She sells on a distinctive 
and heartening appearance, building 
on this foundation with satisfying 
tonsils and a selection of songs that 
are united ideally to her voice and 
personality. Rose Blahe is the regu- 
lar warbler with the Lyman orches- 
tra and also socks home her pop 
swing numbers. 

The . Stapletons, dancers with 
vaude background, start the show 
well with their neat routines. 

Entire shebang is coated with a 
walloping set of productions by 
Fred Evans, who comes through 
with a string of numbers that brin^ 
hefty apolause. In these productions' 
good costuming by Frances Pallester 
enhances. In the closing 'Tahitian' 
number, in which a radium effect is 
used, Maria Monterez is broucht on 
for what is labelled as an authentic 
native dance. It's neat on the <tves. 

Gold. 



BOWMAN ROOM, N. Y. 

(HOTEL BILTMORE) 

George Olsen and Orch (19) uiilh 
Ta««er Sisters (3), The Bachelors 
(4), Patsy Parker, Ann Diirson, Jean 
Blair, Vera Verne. 

George Olsen, like his predecessor, 
Horace Heidt, brings a miniature 
road company of entertainers into 
the Hotel Biltmore's Bowman Room 
and gives out with a good- job both 
ways— tor dance and for variety. To 
begin with, the 4 Bachelors, long an 
Olsen unit, but trying it alone for a 
spell, are back with the band, doing 
their zany songs and comedy in nice 
style. Ronnie Mansfield. Jack Gif- 
ford. Bob Rice and Bobby Borger 
comprise the male quartet. Mans- 
field is in Fran Frey's groove, click- 
ing on his own with tenor solos of 
operatic excerpts, and in double 
pianoloRs with Jean Blair, personal- 
ity brunet soprano. 

The Tanner Sisters (Betty, Mickey 
and Martha) are in the accepted 
modern idiom of hotcha vocalists. 
Patsy Parker is a jitterbugette on 
her own, and Viola Verne (New 
Acts) is an added starter, the lone 
interlude not with the band person- 
nel. 

Olsen per usual is an affable con- 
ferencier and batoneer, relinquish- 
ing the stick to Rice only after the 
show has been put through its paces. 

An electioneering bit opens. The 
Tanner irirls do mike scatolopy like 
'Heart Belongs to Daddy.' Ronnie 
Mansfield tenors 'One Alone' and 
then the quartet go through their 
hokum paces, including an elaborate 
routine tn the now somewhat dated 
'Tisket-a-Tasket.' Miss Blair's 'In- 
dian Love Call' and 'My Hero* are 
solo clicks, and Miss Parker handles 
'Strutters Ball' and kindred hotcha. 

The Bachelors have a satire on 
films that's a good ooener, and their 
broken-record version of Ti-Pi-Tin' 
is another standout. Finale with a 
Dupoet routine, wherein the girls' 
hands do the business behind the 



I boys-in-blue, is a strong sender- 
I offer. Band and girls are in the 
' same striking gold costumes— dinner 
jackets and dinner dresses. 

Bowman Room has been nicely re- 
done, including added capacity via 
tetc-a-tcte wall seats. Biz good and 
Olson a strong draw for this soot. 

Abel. 



House of Murphy, L. A. 



Los Angeles, Oct. 26. 
Frank Gallagher, Julie Balletu, 
Bob Murpliy, Karen Nielsen, Colleen 
O'Brien, Cordon Bishop. 



COLUMBIA ARTISTS, INC. 

Takes pleasure in announcing, . • 

Effective 
November 1st 
its exclusive 

Mid-Western Representative 
for Vaudeville and Cafes 
will be 

ALBORDE 

with Headquarters in Chicago 

Please address all inquiries in that territory to 
AL BORDE, Central Booking Office, Inc. 
203 North Wabash Avenue 
Chicago, Illinois 

HERBERT I. ROSENTHAL 

General Manager 
Columbia Artists, Inc. 
485 Madison Avenue 
New York City, N.Y. 



Just Back From Europe 

bobby may 

WEEK OCT. 27, CHICAGO, CHICAGO 
WEEK NOV. 3, ROXY, NEW YORK 



It was only natural to expect that 
Bob Murphy's eatery out on the rim 
of Beverly Hills would some day fall 
under the influence of entertainment 
for an obvious two-fold reason. The 
Falstaffian boniface trod the vaude 
boards for years and had to liven up 
the spot to cash in on the late night 
play. 

The dominant, portly personality 
of Murphy pervades the establish- 
ment, and combined with continuous 
music makes for one of the jollicst 
spots in town. Fijn is purely informal 
and it's catch-as-catch-can most of 
the way, which is the way Hollywood 
likes it and explains why the bistro 
cets such a heavy call from the pic- 
ture mob.. 

Singers are of the strolling trou- 
badour type, with Murphy leading 
the pack, making UP songs about the 
guests as he makes the rounds. Bev- 
erly Hills statfon KMPC has a line 
in the grotto. 

Frank Gallagher tops the vocal 
contingent with nice pipes that have 
a particulnrlv warm npoeal for the 
femmes. He's a tvoe for just such a 
SDot. Julie Ballew (Carlton and 
B-^llcw) nours out a few ditties, and 
Colleen O'Brien, a newcomer, reallv 
makes it a night for the Irish. Karen 
Nielsen nlavs pround the upper reg- 
ister, and (rordon Bishop presides at 
the ivories. 

A few short years ago Murohy 
nitched a straight steak house, fak- 
ing Dicture jobs on the side. The 
corned beef and cabbafe was added 
as a Testure to George McManus. one 
of the regulars. Murphy kent cx- 
napdip" until now the sont has a 
matronlv soread. This week he un- 
veils a' F'ioht Room uostairs. Din- 
ners go f'^r $2 and the bar tariff 
st-"-ts at 35c. 

Mi'mhv's nix Jobs are p-"" "ut. 
Biz is that good. Helm. 



except Bert Harger, who paces the 
dance numbers with Miss Mayei and 
Alan Carney, the versatile m.c. He 
gags and impersonates to fine effect. 

Nitty gal lookers, a veritable style 
parade, a dog show, songs, dance, 
chatter end a clever gal on the rope, 
Mickey King, make this a varied bill 
that moves briskly. The settings, 
with the gals as the main props, are 
something in themselves. 

Carney keeps things moving at a 
smart pace. His impersonations of 
Laughton, Lionel Barrymore. Wal- 
liace Beery and Robinson are nifties. 
He convulses 'cm also with his drunk 
and soap box busmess. 

Miss King does a body-roll up a 
rope that is climaxed with a remark- 
able arm-swing. Rosemary Barnes 
has a neat dog act while Harger and 
Maye's dancing is standout. The 
Caprino Sisters go over with their 
scings. Miss Rand's fan dance and 
bubble posing are done with her 
u-sual artistry. Spot is giving five 
shows daily, two in the afternoon 
and three nightly. Trepp. 



CENTURY ROOM, N. Y. 

(HOTEL COMMODORE) 

Sammy Kaye Orch (16) with 
Tommy Ryan, Clyde Burke, Three 
Barons. 



OASIS, BALTO. 



Baleimore. Oct. 24. 
Willie Grey, Ginger O'Day. Alma 
White, £velvn Gray. Anne Deikler, 
Virginiif Ciare, Helen Burke: Jack 
Hyatt orch (5). 

'Sheriff* Max A. Cohen's spot has 
been going steadily, summer and 
winter, for 14 years with little vari- 
ation in biz. Utilizing the reverse 
angle in showmanly style, Cohen has 
wisely cashed in on the 'entertain- 
ment possibilities of his nondescript 
layout, playing up its deficiencies 
and making them decided assets. A 
sign above his basement entrance 
reads. 'Walk down one flight and 
save nothing.' It's the tipoff to the 
joint. 

Current edition of the 'lousiest 
show in town, but the best time In 
the world,' is made up of the same 
elements that have always been a 
Dart of the place. Willie Grey, m.c, 
has been on the job more than a 
decade and some of the chorines In 
the opening layout 14 years ago are 
still on the job — actually. 

The show, which goes on Inter- 
mittentlY- .and. .until .it's exhausted, 
has in it, besides the line of 18, In 
assorted sizes, shapes and personal- 
ities. Ginger O'Day, Evelyn Gray 
and Vir<»inia Clare in exotic dances; 
Alma White, vocalist, and Anne 
Deikler. who does tear-jerking songs, 
and Helen Burke, statuesque blonde, 
who foils for Grey's antiquated gags 
Music for show and dancing is sun- 
Dlied by Jack Hyatt and his 'Stink- 
ooators,' a hectic combo heavy on 
brass and cymbals. 

No cover or minimum at any time 
and menu prices are moderately 
scaled. Barkeeps and authenticity 
of wine list are as celebrated as the 
imorthodox operation of the snot. 
It's a nightly hangout for theatrical 
professional, sports and political fig- 
ures, and does mostly turnaway 
biz. Burm. 

SHOW BOX, SEATTLE 



For the second consecutive year 
Sammy Kaye makes a stand at the 
Commodore. However, he returns 
this semester to a renamed and re- 
decorated nitery that's a decided im- 
provement over the former dinner 
and supper layout. In redoing the 
room the hotel management seems to 
have taken into consideration the 
type of band it is housing. Kaye's- 
smooth rhythms fit it like a glove. 

Room is in pale rose that contrasts 
neatly with gold drapes and similair 
set off tones. Physical layout has 
been shifted to conform with the 
leaning of other New York hotel 
spots towards terracing. It rises in 
two tiers at each end, with the band- 
stand maintaining its position in the 
center directly opposite the entrance. 
Cumbersome chandeliers have been 
removed and four indirect lighting 
posts half the height of the room 
substituted. 

Kaye's outfit gives out with a 
brand of dansapation designed for 
smooth dancing, and it seemingly 
proves popular with the type of 
patronage that frequents the Com- 
modore. Band has added several 
men since exiting from here last 
spring, one a particularly fine trum- 
peter. Tommy Ryan and Clyde 
Burke handle vocals, Ryan having 
fully recovered from a bad throat 
Burke, Charley Wilson and Jimmy 
Brown make up the Three Barons 
and' occasionally there's a quartet 
composed of all four. 

Cuisine starts at $2 and there's a 
75c and $1.50 couvert after 10 p.m., 
former during the week and latter 
on Saturday. 



PERSIAN ROOM, N. Y. 

(HOTEL PLAZA) 

Eddy Duchin Orch. Paul Draper 
with Dave LeWinter, Jane Pickens. 

This excellent setup for the Plaza's 
Persian Room is boxoffice as attested- 
to by the consistent pace from the 
start. It's the best class room book- 
in(» since the DeMarcos and Duchin 
held forth here, and they were sure- 
fire. 

Duchin seemingly goes with the 
Plaza's lease, and it's a dandy show- 
case for this sweet-hot combo, with 
the personality maestro a swell 
front at the helm; Per usual. Lew 
Sherwood, Stanley Worth and 
Johnny McAfee, with . the band, are 
instrumental highlights. J 

Paul Draoer almost literally 
knocks himself out with his unstint- 
ing taps. He runs the gamut of in- 
tricate tap-stepping, setting his stuff 
off nicely with an interesting musical 
accompaniment. Dave LeWinter pre- 
sides at the ivories as maestro- 
accompanist for Draper's difficult 
routines.' He does taps to Bach, 
Lecuona, Strauss and no-music ac- 
comps. He affects a vest-costume 
effect, in the modified Spanish motif, 
with a stock tie, which somehow 
isn't as aesthetic as it's intended to 
be. The impress persists that he left 
his coat off, for all the ornateness of 
the getUD. 

Jane Pickens, of the Pickens Sis- 
ters, is a charming cafe floor per- 
sonality. A bit of a looker, and said 
to have operatic ambitions, this 
streamlined sonistress does all right 
with her poos that rap''e from 'Over 
the Rainbow' to operatic takeoffs on 
'C.-'n't Give You Anythin>» But Love, 
Raby' a la W.Tiner, Donizetti, et al. 
Her 'Gyosy Makes Violin Cry' is 
dorie in an extraordinarily original 
manner, and her mosquito-beset 
'Carmen' interoretation (at a sum- 
mer outdoor opera season) is an- 
othor highlight. 

If Miss Pickens really aspires to 
serious singing, she'd b''ing an s.a. 
note into rrand onera that Is con- 
sistent with recent trends of per- 
son'ditv names. Seemingly a paunch 
and crand opera p^pd no longer be 
synonymous. Miss Pickens has made 
lots of DroTe.ss since she cut loose 
from her other two sisters, latter. re- 
tired by marriage. Abel. 

EL MOROCCO, N. Y. 



Ernie Hoist and Chiquito orchej- 
fras. 



This season. El Morocco marks 
some sort of a milestone in its plush- 
divaned career, and is newsworthy 
in so-called cafe society annals be- 
cause, for once, its boniface, John 
Perona, is hustling trade. Those who 
hark back to the yesteryear lobster 
palaces and cabarets — as corny as 
those nomenclatures may sound to- 
day — might well wonder how It haj 
(Continued on page 36) 



TheJHEATRE of the STARS 



BOOKING AGENCY 

GENERAL EXECUTIVE OFFICES 

LOEW BLDG. ANNEX 

160 WEST 46'** ST. NEW YORK 



J . H . L U B I N 

OENERAl MANAGER 

SIDNEY H. PIERMONT 

BOOKING MANAGER 



Seattle, Oct. 26. 
Sally Rand Revue, with Alan 
Carney, Mickey King, Harger and 
Maye, Caprino Sisters, Rosemary 
Barnes, Jimmy Murphy Orch. I 

This show is among tops' in a 
Seattle nitery. Production, specialties i 
and Sally Rand help make it that 
way. This is the nudist's first en- I 
gagement since her unfortunate b.o. ' 
experience at the Frisco fair. Revue ' 
goes next Into the Opheum theatre, ' 
Portland, Ore., with a two-week stay 
here indicated by the swell biz. | 

Production is well wardrobed. has 
an element of swank and at these 
prices can't miss..- Operator Mike 
Lyons takes only 42c at the door. 
Supping was cut out after a trial a 
few weeks back, proving the patrons 
didn't come to eai 

Personnel Includes nearly all gals, 



NEWEST COMEDY HIT 

LANE BROS. 

Now Appearing PARAMOUNT, Nfew York 

Personal Dir.: William Miller RKO Bldg., New York 



TTfdnfsday, November 1, 1939 



VAUDE— NIGHT CtUBS 



VARIETY 



35 



Official End of XoOection Agency ' 
An Echo of Vaude s Unhappy Fate 



The Vaudeville Collection Agency, 
long a lucrative sideline for the late 
E. F Albee and a few of his favored 
ones! officially passed out last week 
when dissolution papers were filed 
with the SecreUry of State in Al- 
bany by Senator J. Henry Walters, 
BKC's legal Tiead. It. marked the 
nas^iiig of the last hangover of the 
Albee regime in RKO; one of that 
era's chief irritants to actors and 
ggenls alike. 

Actually the Vaudeville Collection 
Agency ceased to function Jan. 1, 
1929 when Hiram S. Brown, the new 
president of. the newly formed Radio- 
Keith-Orpheum circuit, put a stop to 
ihe business -of taking as much as 
half of an agents' commissions for 
the mere service of collecting those 
fees. Two or three agents who were 
favored by Albee were not affected 
by this: a few others were nicked 
only 1%, but the great majority of 
Ihe 7S odd Keith-tranchised agents 
and producers of that era were 
nicked 214% of their acts' salaries, 
amounting to 50% of their recog- 
nised commissions. 

Similar deductions were also made 
on the Orpheum time by the Excel- 
sior Collection Agency, which was 
an income sideline for Martin Beck 
end others. This died a natural 
death when Orpheum went into 
bankruptcy. 

Albee got the biggest chunk of the 
Vaudeville Collection Agency's net 
profit, which meant practically^ the 
entire amount of collections, ina.s- 
much a.<i all the bookkeeping was at- 
tended to by Keith-Albee's auditing 
department, while the deductions 
were made by the theatre managers 
directly from the acts' salaries at the ^ . 
same time as-the regular 5% book-' 
ing fees were taken out This meant 
that an act immediately gave up 10% 
when he played a Keith-Albee house, 
of which 5% went to the booking 
office. 2Vi% to the Vaudeville Col 



TYME TRIO VS. LIME TRIO 



One Would Halt the Other From 
Inlerfering With Bookings 



Suit of Hans Johann Betkowski) 
and Carl and Lou Jacobs, against 
Emil Lime, doing business as the 
Lime Trio, and Mortimer Brave- 
man, was revealed Saturday (28) in 
N. Y. Supreme .ourt.' Action seeks 
to restrain the defendants from in- 
terfering with the plaintiffs or their 
agents. 

It is asserted that the plaintiffs are 
an acrobatic trio known as the Tyme 
Trio. On Aug. 2, Braveman, attor- 
ney for Lime, sent a letter to the 
trade, informing that his client was 
•the originator of a . comedy contor- 
tion act known as 'The Golliwog.' 
He as.serted that the plaintiffs were 
using the act without authorization, 
and threatened suit again.st them, 
and any agent who might book them. 
Similiir statements were placed in 
advertising. 

The suit is to restrain the defend- 
ants from interfering with the plain- 
tifTs or their agents, and contains 
statemeiits to the effect that the dis- 
puted act is in the public domain, 
and not the exclusive prpperty of 
the defendants: 



TipofF On Biz 



Philadelphia, Oct 31. 

The Evergreen Casino here 
claims to have the only polo 
team composed entirely of em- 
ployees of a nitery. The mal- 
let-wielders are Harold Larza- 
lere, the proprietor; Pete . Lozi- 
nak, headwaiter; John Curley, 
wine steward; Harold Eastbn, of 
the service staff, and Kline Shut- 
tleworth, waiter. 

The team uses the nags in the 
(tables adjoining the club and 
practise in. an open field nearby. 



MPLS. THEATRES 
HGHT FOR 
NAMES 



AGVA Licensing Making Progress; 
Group of Agents in N. Y. Sees Too 
Many Grave Curbs in Unions Pact 



Want Brighter Niteries 



Campaign of the American Guild 
of Variety Artists to license all reps 
dealing in vaudeville and nitery tal- 

Detroit Oct. 31. f"^ ^."^ been gaining ^headway, but 
... ... .. . .,, , , . there s a small bloc of reps in New 

Michigan njteries will have bigger j York oppo.sed to the . agreement as 
and brighter dance floors next year, ; it now .stands. These agents claim 
under hew regulations being drafted i that the license, due to the unfin- 
ished slate of AGVA's rules and 
regulations - governing work and 
Wage 

spots. ] may eventually put those agents 

Board now Ucen!;es niteries with, who sign now at the mercy of the 
dance floors containing as little as 200 ■ ""'O" 'he future, 
square feet of space, but an ordi- ! Several agents have consulted 
nance in Detroit puts the minimum <^°""sel on the license and were ad- 



by the slate rum board. Latter has 

been surveying state's nocturnal I .^^ge conditions for its members, 



at 400 square feet So when liquor 
licenses come up for renewal next 



vised not to sign until AGVA clari- 
fies its position further, or first holds 



spring, board is going to adopt the ionsullalions with the agents them 



TWO PHILLY NITERIES 
LOSE LIQUOR LICENSES 

Philadelphia, Oct. 31. 
The Stale Liquor Board Saturday 
revoked the licenses of two 
niteries. cited by agents of the board 
for selling liquor on Sunday. They 
were the El Chico (formerly the 21 
Club) and Stamp's on the, Delaware. 
Both clubs had their licenses sus- 
leclion Agency and 2V4% to the pended before,- but were allowed to 



remain open when they paid fines 
amounting to $10-a-day during the 
period of suspension. The licensees 
have the right to appeal the board's 
decision to the courts. 



Plan Reviving Negro 
Yaude at Philly House 

Philadelphia, Oct 31. . 

A syndicate of Negro showmen is 
seeking to reopen the Lincoln the- 
atre. Broad street sepia hoii.se, that's 
been shuttered for more than a year; 
They wilt confer with Moe Wax, 
owner o/ the house, Thursday (2): 

The group, headed by Charles Mc- 
Clane, hope to bring top Negro 
bands and performers to the Lincoln 
in addition to Negro films. Since 
the closing of the Pearl and Nixon 
there has been , no Negro vaude 
house in Phiily. 



agent. 

When the Keith-Albee vaude play- 
ing time was at its height and spend- 
ing around $12,000,000 yearly for tal- 
ent, the Vaudeville Collection Agency 
meant an income to Albee .and a 
cho.sen few of as high as $3.00,000 a 
year. Eveii up to the time that 
Brown came out of the leather in- 
dustry to head RKO and its playing 
time had begun to skid, the Collec- 
tion agency's cut was around $200.- 
000. Brown put a stop to it upon 
receipt of a squawlcfrom a commit- 
tee of agents. 

rushed Vp Salaries 
One re,sull of the Vaudeville Col- 
lection Agency was the raising of 
acts' salarie.s, which In the end cost 
Keith-Albee many times the amount 
of the profits of the personal side- 
line. This came about when agents, 
not satisfied with 2'A%, demanded 
extra commissions from performers. 
Latter, in return, asked for higher 
ealarie.s, Jt .bficiune an_cndles.s Chain, 
of circumstances working against 

-Kei Ih- A Ibee-endr-in -the-endr-against ; 

vaudeville itself. 

The Vaudeville Collection Agency 
was long a bone of contention with 
acts and was one of the causes lead- 
ing up to the White Rats strike in 
1916. Performers took a stand against 
the 10% reductions from- their sal- 
arie.s, but more so against the fee 
the employer exacted for' giving the 
employee work. The latter was nat- 
urally chiefly aimed at the 5% book- 
ing fee, which is still in effect with 
all vaude booking offices and never 
was part of the Vaudeville Collection 
Agency melon. Latter came strictly 
*tit of the agents* commissions. 

Not Exactly Legal i 
That the deductions were not ex- i 
>ctly legal was feared by the inside 
coterie. They didn't like the idea of 
the mailer ever going to court and 
had acts and all Keith-franchised 
sgenls and producers sign releases 
which gave the Vaudeville Collec- 
tion Agency the right to collect com- 
missions arid keep h&lf of the ■ : — 

amounts collected for itself. I , , • „i i 

At least two known embezzlements ' '^ts' "lanes per ."'"^ - ^ut the 

occurred within the Vaudeville and j f8<-'."'-"' 8°^ ' °'tm'' . °wal 

Excelsior collection agencies. In each l^eir ='«8'^«f If' .^l^'^ '"7%% '^l^ 
case. ^rn„r,^ tinnnnn very nominal and went for the ex- 



Minneapolis, Oct 31. 

Struggle is on between the Minne- 
sota theatre (independeint), on the 
one hand, and the Moiff H. Singer 
Orpheum (Paramount Northwest), 
on the other, to land* stage names. 
Both have been angling for the 
"Eddie Cantor unit without any suc- 
cess so far. 

Fight seems incongruous in view 
of the fact that vaude' hasn't been 
faring any too well here of late, due 
undoubtedly tci poor general condi- 
tions. 

Minnesota has John Boles opening 
Friday with the A. B. Marcus show, 
Edmund Lowe and Esther Ralston, 
Milt Hirt and Eddie Peabody under- 
lined. Phil Spitalny and his 'Hour 
of Charm' come into the Orpheum 
Nov. 10. Orpheum's deal for Kay 
Kyser apparently has fallen through 
for the present 

As an 'added attraction,' Minne- 
sota theatre, 4,000-seat independent 
vaudfilm house, is using Harry Sher- 
man's Mutual booking office units to 
supplement its regular four acts and 
standard house features every Mon- 
day. 

Mutual units comprise five acts 
and cost the Minnesota $75 for the 
day. Initial "Stage Jamboree' (23) 
included Lloyd Nevada and Co., 
magic; Irene Blynn, .saxophonist and 
singer; Anger and Mprley, comics, 
and Mayo and Carr, 'dancers. One 
act Glenn Mason, xylophonist 
warmed the bench because his of- 
fering was' too. similar to one of the 
show's regular features. 



Ramona Band Booked 
For Brandt Theatres 

Ramona, fenime pianist-band lead- 
er, takes her I2-man crew on the 
Brandt New York time when she 
pulls out of Leon &, Eddie s, N. Y. 
nitery. 

Ramona opens at the Carlton, Ja- 
maica. Nov. 16. with the Flatbush, 
Brooklyn, and Windsor, Bronx, fol- 
lowing[ Set by Consolidated Radio 
Artists. 



Detroit minimum for entire state. 
And at same time insist that niteries 
turn up their lights coasideirably. 



EDDIE aRR IN HOSP; 
FRACTURED SKULL 



Eddie Carr, once one of the top- 
flight vaudeville comedians special- 
izing in sketches, is in Bellevue hos- 
pital. New York, in a serious condi- 
tion as a result of a fractured skull. 



selves as regards an equitable agree- 
ment I. Robert Broder, formerly of 
counsel for RKO, for. one advised his 
client.s" that all but two of ' the 
clauses— 'This license is personal to 
the licensee,' and another that re- 
quests licen.se spotlighting in agents' 
offices — hold pitfalls for the talent 
salesmen that may be tough to sur- 
mount in time to come. 

Analyzing the license, Broder 
.states, that the very first clause may, 
in the future, restrict assents to only 
certain territories. The second 
clause gives AGVA or the licensee 
the rithl lo terminate the license by 
giving two weeks' notice, but Broder 
points out that this gives AGVA the 



How he was injured is not known 

and case is being investigated by the right to perhaps arbitrarily revoke 



police. He was found in front of the 
Edison hotel on W. 47th street on 
Oct 19. [He is not to be confused 
wi»h Eddie O-rr. also a comedian.1 

HosDital officials stated yesterday 
(Tuesday) that Carr was showing 
some improvement, but was still on 
the serious list 

Carr had worked with his wife, 
Gracie, on the. stage, but they are 
now divorced. He was especially 
known in the trade for his offstage' 
ribbing, being especially rough on 
some of his neighbor-pals in Free- 
port L. I., where he was active in 
the defunct Lights club. 



Stanley, Pitt, Reverts To 
Straii^ht Pix for 2 Weeks 



More Trouble for Tree 

Los Angele.'!, Oct. 31. 

Eight employees filed an involun- 
laiy bankruptcy . petition against 
Felix Young's Trocadero, Inc., charg- 
ing concealment of as.sets. 

Two of the petitioners are waiter 
caplains and the others waiters. 



Mse, around $100,000 was missing, 
out the culprits were never prose- 
^ted, merely leaving their jobs 
when uncovered, because the heads 
of the agencies did not want the 
jvorkings of the collection bureaus to 
"^S^me public in a criminal court 

When Brown eased out the Albee 
"Jroup's sideline, RKO itself set up a 
^'leclion agency, but Hong far dif- 
erent lines. Five percent for agents' 



'.ommissions were deducted from direct. 



penses incurred in operating the col- 
lection bureau, for bookkeeping, 
stamp;, etc. 

Wilh RKO vaude now at a com- 
paratively very low ebb, the collec- 
tion of commi.ssions is now optional 
with the agents. Jhcy carj either ac- 
cept the service for the small fee, or 
el.sd indicate that they'd rather have 
the acts send them the commissions 



AGVA, Sherman Hotel, 
Chi, Sign Agreement; 
No Cycling of Talent 

Chicago, Oct. 31. 

American Guild of Variety 'Artists 
and tjie Sherman hotel here got to- 
ge'ther" ttiaay ("raesaiTyT'orr'a "fiifr 
agreement covering working condi- 
tions and wages for talent working 
the hotel's night spots. Sherman for 
the past two weeks has been stub- 
bornly resisting a complete deal with 
the new actors' union. 

One of AGVA's chief bones of con- 
tention was the hotel's tendency to 
bicycle acts between its different 
rooms without any extra compensa- 
tion for the performers. Situation 
grew espiecially bitter last week and 
AGVA threatened to place the Sher- 
man on an 'unfair list' 

There are four spots in the Sher- 
man using talent "They are the Col- 
lege Inn, Panther R(X)m, Old Town 
Room and The Dome. 



Wife's Illness May Cancel 
Richman's Philly Booking 

Philadelphia, Oct 31. 
Harry Richman's opening .skedded 
for Jack Lynch's Walton Roof 
Thursday night (2) may be can- 
celled due lo the sudden illness of 
Richman's wife, 'the former Hazel 
Forbes. 

Mrs. Richman was .stricken at their 
apartment in New York. 



The Stanley, Pittsburgh, Viecause 
of the booking of the Marx Bros." 
'Day at the Circus' (M-G), reverts to 
straight pictures Friday (3). Change 
Is expected to last two weeks. 

Temporary switch in policy neces- 
sitated the switch of the Dead End 



an agents' license without a hearing. 
Too. All-Embracing 
Fourth clause provides for arbitra- 
tion of actor-agent disputes, but also 
permits the arbiters to rule 'on any 
matter covered by any agreement 
between the licensee and member.' 
Due to the fact that nearly all 
agents' contracts . with acts cover 
other fields than those within the 
jurisdiction of AGVA, Broder states 
that this clau.se gives the variety 
union this "right to rule on agree- 
ments pertaining to radio, pictures, 
legit, etc.. 

Fifth clause may prove especially 
tough on agents, according - to 
Broder, as it leaves the way open 
for AGVA to' promulgate any rules 
and regulations it desires and force 
the licensees to abide by them. Fol- 
lowing clause is also inequitable, he 
states, inasmuch as it asks the 
licensee to agree to live up to every 
agieemient made with an AGVA- 
member, but doesn't specify that 
AGVA members must live up to 
every agreement made with a 
licensed agent 

Seventh item, according to Broder, 
makes the license something of a 
gag at present It .stipulates that' 
licen.sed agents must only use con- 



Kids, booked to play the hou.se next _„ - . , 

week, to the Earle. Philadelphia', in- tracts of employment approved by 
stead, where they'll co-headline with 



Ted Vfeems' band. The Dead Enders 
are redated for the Pitt week start- 
ing Dec. 15. 



AGVA. The union, as yet hasn't 
gotten around to okaying contracts. 
This same clause also .stipulates that 
agents must live up to the civil laws, 



Hal Ke mp's ban d will res ume the , or dinances and legal requirements 



Pitt Stanley's Tsiage policy week "of applying to employment agencies, 



Nov. 17. with Shep Field.s' orch com- 
ing in the week following. 

Benny The Bum Loses His 



New York agents for years have 
bce'n trying to duck licensing as em- 
ployment agencies. Eighth clause is 
a reprise of the fifth item. 
Last clause also gives AGVA wide 
„. , powers, according to Broder, telling 

Suit Vs. Colored Singer agents that they must 'not directly 

lor indirectly charge or accept any 
Justice Charles B. McLaughlin in ! form of b(5nus or gratuity over, and 
N. Y. supreme court to.ssed out the above any compensation permitted 
suit of Benjamin Fogelman (Phila- by, the rules of AGVA' While 
.u D _ ^'AGVA has not as yet ruled on comr 

delphias Benny the Bum, nitery ), ^^^^ gj^^^ j^e union 

against DeLIoyd McKay, and granted U^e right to fix commissions, possi- 
the defendant a permanent injunc-|bly on the sarhe ordei- as Equity, 



lion against the plaintiff. A referee 
will be appointed to determine the 
amount of the colored songstress' 
damages, 

Fogelman had sued claiming he 
was Miss McKay's agent and man- 
ager. 



which the lattcr's franchised agents 
have long been at odds with. 



Vaude Vice Burley 



BLACKSTONE IN N. W. 

■ Seattle, Oct. 31. 

Blackstone starts through this ter- 
ritory Nov. 6, at the Po.st Street 
theatre, Spokane, for three days. 

Ed Fisher is handling the tour. 



ager, having 'di.scovercd' her. She- 
I was lo be guaranteed $3,000' yearly, 
' with a 50-50 split over that amount 
' The plaintiff a.s.sertcd that the pian- 
i ist-singcr had refused to accept posi- 
; lions he secured her. 
i The judge found thiat the defend- 
I ant's ability was not , unique, and 
mentioned, in his opinion, that she ""I- v;rude 
was usually working for the mini- 
mum salary allowed by the union. 

Among charges made by Mi.s.S De- 
Lloyd were that after she had .se- 
cured a job with Ben Bernie, Fogel- 



Seattle, Oct 31. 
State theatre (Sterling), town's 
top burley hou.se for 30 years, shut- 
ters to reopen as vaudfilmer. House 
will be rcchrlsiencd the Rivoli. 
"This makes another Levey booked 
I hou.se here, . with Palomar shows 
I available when thdt Slcrjing hou.^e 
plays»road show.s, or solo films wilh- 



New Vaudfilmer 

Philadelphia, Oct 31. 
M.nrtin Ellis' Tower theatre, C;im- 
man forced her to give it up as he ' dcii, N. J., will reopen within tha 



wanted, her to work for him at hi.s 
'Philly club. She asserts that Fogel- 
j man kept all her earnings from Aug. 
j 10, 1937 to date. 



ncxt two weeks after altcralitins as 
a vaudfilmer, 

Ilou.'.e will get it.« .stage shows di- 
rectly from the Fay's here. 



36 



VARIETY 



NIGHT CLUB REVIEWS 



Wcdnesdaj, November 1, I939 



Brandts Drop Adubon, N.Y., Vaude, 
But May Substitute 2 Other Houses 



Brandt circuit of vaudfllm theatres 
In New York is dropping vaude 
from its Audubon theatre and plans 
to add two other houses in widely- 
separated localities. Audubon drops 
stage shows tomorrow (Thursday), 
reverting to dualled films. Park 
Lane, on upper First avenue, N. Y., 
and the Halsey theatre, in. the Bush- 
wick section of Brooklyn, are the 
houses under consideration. They 
1 .ay begin the combo policy within 
a couple o( weeks. Park Lane sets 
about 1,800 and the Hilsey 2,000. 

Brands are sending the Audubon 
back to straight films after a six- 
week trial, during which the circuit 
tried offsetting poor response by re- 
placing . name bands with lower 
priced orchestras. It didn't work out 
even though the scale was cut to 35c 
nights. Other houses in the circuit 
" are doing well, according to William 
Brandt. Flatbush is drawing good 
biz every week, recently having had 
its record cracked by Cab Calloway's 
Cotton Club unit. Calloway did 
around $15,000. Windsor, Bronx, is 
steady and the Carlton, Jamaica, L. 
I., is building consistently. 

According to Brandt the Globe, on 
Broadway, and Selwyn -r.d Apollo, 
on 42d st, may revert to legit within 
the next month, if okay deals are 
proftered. Due to the many musi- 
cals in rehearsal and scheduled, and 
a shortage of houses to put them in, 
there have been some oflEers for the_ 
trio, now playing films, to become" 
available for legit. 



• 15 YEARS AGO. 

ff'Tom VarietyJ 



Irvin S. Cobb flayed the Ku Klux 
Klan at a New York luncheon ten- 
dered . to Cardinal Patrick Hayes. 
Affair wa.s under the auspices of the 
Catholic Actors Guild. Among other 
speechmakcrs were Cardinal Hayes, 
Wilton I,ackaye, Daniel Frohmari 
and Will Rogers. 



Henry Bernstein's new work, 'The 
Glass Gallery," given at the Theatre 
du Gymnase, Paris, received uh- 
fa.vorable response.' Jean Worms and 
Charles Boyer were among 
featured. 



Flo Ziegfeld's $20,000 weekly guar- 
antee demand was considered pro- 
hibitive by Sir Alfred Bult, who 
wished to present the 'Follies' at the 
Drury Lane, London. 



Federal authorities were clamping 
down on Oklahoma and Texas dance- 
halls which were hiring showgirls 
as 'dance partners.' 



'Street Singer' Aims 
For Stage Comeback 



Arthur Tracy, who was known as 
The Street Singer' on radio and in 
presentation houses, aims to return 
to the stage. He is wed to a wealthy 
Englishwoman and has been in re 
tirement. 

Warbler is telling friends the 
main reason for a comeback is that 
he doesn't wish to be forgotten by 
audiences. 



Dorothy Dallon reported to be 
considering vaudeville via husband 
Arthur Hammerstein. The via- was 
asking $3,500 weekly. Hammerstein 
also told Rudolph Friml to write the 
music for a show in which his wife 
would be starred. 



Breese Returns 

Chicago, Oct. 31. 

Lou Breese orch returns to the 
Chez Paree here Dec. 7, following 
the departure of Abe Lyman band. 

Breese has lined up a new ag 
gregation of musicians, -most of 
whom were . formerly, with Henry 
Busse. 



LORD& 
STEWART 

Tailors of Today — 
Tomorrow 



those 



Nitery's U.S. Tax Jam; 
Failed to File Return 



Judge Orovcr M. Mo-skowitz in 
N. Y. federal court on Monday (30) 
sentenced El Toreador, Inc., to a 
$2,0.00 fine and its president. Max 
Ziskin, to a similar fine plus a three 
months' sentence, for failure to file 
cabaret tax returns to the Govern- 
ment. Ziskin, pending appeal, was 
released on $2,000 bail. The Toreador 
is a Spanish nitery in Harlem. 

The amount of the U. S. taxes un- 
paid is not known, but ' it at least 
equals the fines, according to Jesse 
Moss, assistant U. S. attorney. 




EL MOROCCO 



5 STAGE UNITS SET 
BY TEXAS INTERSTATE 



Famous Players-Lasky was in the 
clear. Corp. had paid off $6,000,000 
in bank loans. 



Interstate Circuit in Texas, 
through Charles J. Freeman, of Con- 
solidated Radio Artists, has lined up 
several stage shows, among 'cnv the 
Weaver Bros.-Elviry hillbilly unit, 
opening Nov. 10 in Ft. Worth. Dallas, 
San. Antonio and Houston follow. 

Dave ApoUon is set to open late 
in December in Dallas. Comic- 
maestro has revamped his band 
again, reprising his Filipino outfit, 
and will tour a 41-pcople produc- 
tion. Prior to Texas, Apbllon plays 
the Fox, St. Lo'uis, week of Dec. 1, 
then the Orpheum, Memphis, from 
where he heads south. 

Freeman has set another Major 
Bowes amateur troupe for the In- 
terstate time in January. It was 
Freeman Who- originally started the 
ams on the stage, the first Bowes 
troupe .(jetting its start in Texas. 
Count Berni Vici's unit is set for 
March, while Jimmie Lunceford's 
band, goes into the territory in April 



Pin SHOW BOAT 

FOLDS SUDDENLY 



Burlesk Review 



(Continued from page 34) 
become something of a conccs.sion for 
a saloon-keeper to mix with his cus- 
tomers. But such has been the evolur 
tion of post-prohibition night life in 
New York. For a class bistro boni- 
fnce. to unbend and salute the hoi- 
polloi is deemed something akin to 
a French legionnaire's lapel-rilibon. 

Anyway, along came an cx-hooter 
and cabaret producer, Felix Ferry 
who, with' acne of the Colony, 
opened a HoUywoodian-looking class 
club, the Monte Carlo (Dorothy 
Draper's decorating bill: $75,000) and 
that nicked Perona's Morocco.- This 
year he put in a bid for Norman Bel 
Gcddcs; was floored by a $100,000 
facelift asking price; and settled for 
Jo Mielziner, who, having four legit 
productions current or due on Broad- 
way, also doesn't play any bei'icfits 
for any nitery. 

Be that as it may, the famed zebra 
scats are now no more and, instead, 
i.t's a peach-and-brown color scheme 
— peach Velvet walls, brown velvet 
ceiling, brown pigskin bar, crystal 
chandeliers — and check your con- 
science with your hat. It's no gyp 
particularly, everything considering, 
but it's no basket-party or 49c blue- 
plate-special cither. Also, Perona 
now circulates around the room and 
chit-chats with the trade instead of 
playing hot-foot with the elite in his 
amen corner. 

El Morocco's show is its cu.'itomers. 
Like the Stork, 21, Monte Carlo and 
the rest, it's the human museum that 
appeals.. 'There are two bands, in 
perpetual motion — Ernie Hoist's 
standard rhusikers and a new, crack 
rhumba combo, Chiquito's — and 
there's no curfew as result. Abel. 



ELTINGE, N. Y. 



BROOKLYN CLUB 

(Brooklyn, III.) 

St. Louis, Oct. 27. 
Sammy- White. CiUetle & Ric/i- 
ards, Betty Atfciiisoji. Lyiuie & 
Marianne, The Brooltlyiicttej C4), 
Joe Winters' Orch (7). 



LONDON : 19 Albemarle Street 

PICCADILLY, W. 1 
NEW TOBK: 660 FIFTH AVENUE 



Pittsburgh, Oct. 31. 
Show Boat, one of town's oldest 
niteries, folded suddenly last week 
right under the noses of all the help. 
Band, entertainers and waiters who 
reported for work on Wednesday 
night (25) found the place dark and 
notwdy aroUnd to tell them what 
was what. Next morning a sign 
reading 'closed for repairs' ap- 
peared .on one side of the craft. 

For last three years. Show Boat 
has been operated by John Magnotti, 
one-time partner with Etzi Covato 
in Plaza Cafe. When they split and 
Covato went out on his own at 
Italian Gardens, Freda Pope, who 
had previously run the Boat, took 
over Plaza and has been doing okay 
since. On other hand. Show Boat 
has been a consistent loser. Under- 
stood that he's stepping out of the 
picture completely and that Nick 
Andolina, owner of a suburban hotel, 
who was also associated in Plaza 
I management at one time,-will assume 
lease for remainder of year. 

Show Boat, almost a decade ago 
one of the swankiest gambling 
niteries In the state, is owned by 
George JalTe, owner of Casino, local 
burlesque spot: 



Irene Cornell. Penrl Shadwick. 
Mona, GingeT Waldrov. Marie Cord. 
Paula Lind, Leonard Kramer, Steve 
Mills, Lew Denny. Dick Richards. 
Tom Bvndy. Ceorqe Txittle. Al 
Strvker. Charlie Taylor, 10 Cliorines, 
& Siiotugirls. 



JOE E. LEWIS 

KING OF THE NIGHT CLUBS 



NOW 



CHEZ PAREE, CHICAGO 

At ihe Piano— AUSTIN MACK 



FAMOUS FOR SHOW 

MIKE FRITZEL and JOE JACOBSON'S 

CHEZ PAREE 

etO IfAIRn.tNKS COIKT nclatvnre 3134 C'IIIC.4c:0 

AMERICA'S SMARTEST THEATRE RESTAURANT 



Mayor LaGuardia and License 
Commissioner Paul Moss cleaned up 
burlesque, but failed to stipulate 
prevention ot cruelty to turkeys, 
which are currently around all the 
burley houses In Times Square In 
and out of season. This show is an 
example of assault and battery on 
the word , production, and mayhem 
on entertainment. 

Little more should be expected, 
however, for 40c. top— and certainly 
no more from burlesque itself, which 
hasn't come up with an idea, unless 
it was a poor one, in over 10 years. 
It's turkey, and burlesk will keep 
dishing it out as long as there is a 
sufficient number of customers. Biz 
here Friday night (27) was good, 
aind that's all the-operator, Max-Rud 
nick, probably cares about 

Burlesque in New York is rtow less 
on the epidermis display but hasn't 
enhanced itself in any other resnect, 
except via the title of Follies. With 
stripping now curtailed and its com- 
edy remaining at the same degree ot 
, poorness and sloppinfess as formerly, 
it's really remarkable how theatres 
ot this type manage ■ to hold their 
patronage. Certainly it isn't the 
raucous pitchmen who draw; nor can 
the poorly ventilated, smelly atmos 
phere be the lure. 

There's nothing in this show that 
reaches above the belt-line. The 
comics, Leonard Kramer, Steve 
Mills and Dick Richards, reprise 
some timeworn blackouts, including 
the bewhiskered haunted house bit, 
but hardly raise a laugh. They're 
supported by Lew -Denny, . straight 
man, and 'Tom Bundy, character, 
j There's also the usual off-key sing- 
i ing juve, in this instance George 
I Tuttle. A mediocre colored hoofer, 
' Charlie Taylor, does two routines, 
I while contortionist Al Stryker gets 
■ an inning half-way in the running 
time. He's okay and looks even bet- 
ter because ot the quality, ot the sur- 
rounding talent 

Strippers appeared listless at this 
: catching and bared completely from 
only the waist up. Not one of them 
shows a spark ot originality in ber 
routine. Stripping contingent is 
I headed by Marie Cord and includes 
Paula Lind. Irene Cornell (no rela- 
tion to Katharine), Ginger Waldron 
and Pearl Shadwick. Mona is a 
• thigh-grinder, mixing in some acro- 
batics with the belly rolling, but 
. not sensational enough to wake up 
any inspectors who might be in the 
house. 

The chorus Is a gem ot indecision. 

Sclto. 



Sammy White, seen here year.'! ago 
at the American theatre in 'Show 
Boat,' is beating it back to New York 
via midwest niteries. Floor enter- 
tainment is an added starter to the 
casino, while the management last 
week began kcno as bait to Icmmes, 
dishing out $500 four nites a week. 

As m.c. White gets the acts under 
way briefly and reserves his stuff, 
which whams 'em plenty, for the 
end. First on at show caught, which^ 
ran a trifle under GO minutes, were 
the Brooklynettes, house line, ih a 
colorfully costumed Chinese produc- 
tion number. Gals have improved 
their terping during a six-week pad-- 
locking ot the place. In the next slot 
is Betty Atkinson, who taps o.k. and 
also warbles 'Baby Me,' the latter 
being n.s.g. Lynne and Marianne, 
billed as New York imporlees, are 
song stylists and have plenty on the 
ball. 'In Dear Old Hollywood,' a 
ditty on what femmes must do to 
crash Alms, is a sock. 

Dressed for ballroom dancing, 
Gillette and Richards do everything 
else but. Miss Gillette, a looker, and 
Richards are wows with their burley 
while the tops ot their routines is a 
conception of how a strip tease artist 
might do a Park avenue ballroom 
dance. 

White, next, promises, after telling 
1 Hedy-tamarr story- and warbling' 
Thanks for Everything,' that he 
won't dance, but after relatng a few 
dialect stories, bounces into. his swell 
eccentric steps. He tried to bow out 
with a pacifist song, a la Eddie Can- 
tor, but the mob nixed that at this 



catching. He finally burlcsked Sallv 
Rand's fan dance with a couple of 
pages ot sheet music to win salvos of 
-approval. 

The line, back with another rou- 
tine, surprises by warbling so-so 'An 
Apple for the Teacher,' and dishes out 
apples to ringsidcrs. Then planted 
at show caught, lipstick, via kisses 
on the phiz ot an overweight and 
flabbergasted customer. Dancers are 
lured to the hanky-sized floor by tha 
soft strains of Winters' orch, Sahu. 

Saranac Lake 

By Happy Benway 

Tudor Cameron, remember him 
when it was Cameron and Flana- 
gan, also with O'Connor, i.s making 
a nifty comeback at the Will Rogers. 
He woyld like' to locate his old part- 
ner Johnny O'Connor. 

After 10 years ot routining in 
Denver, Joseph 'Vaughey tried 
Flushing; L. I., for one month. He 
is now back in Denver. 

Ford Raymond, single musical act 
of olden days who spent about 10 
years up here, is now at Canon City, 
Colorado. » 

Murray Friedman, after three 
years, is homeward bound with an 
absolute okay. 

Anything to break that monotony. 
Now the patients at the Will Roger* 
have taken up Chinese Checkers. 

Local merchants here rate hearty 
thanks. A fashion show was spon- 
sored and m.c.'d by Peter Roberts 
at the Rogers, with eats, sweets and 
smokes making it a gala evening for 
the patients. 

Isabelle Rook, ex-ozoner from 
Philadelphia, is back for an o.o. and 
general checkup. 

Eddie McDonald got his go-homa 
okay. 

To the many inquiries concerning 
who's who in Saranac Lake, it is 
impossible to answer same in this 
column. When writing, please send 
self-addressed stamped envelope. 



To the query from Alton Frazier, of 
Fargo, N. D.: The McNanee who 
passed away here a- few years ago 
was not the Clay-Molder vaudeville 
single, but was a member of lATSE. 

Jesse Rosenberg home with ati 
okay that means work again. 

Write those you know who are III 



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WALTER 
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Just Back After an Extended Tour .iround 
the World 
Frank - Warren 

LASSITER BROS. 

WEEK OCT. 27, CHICAGO. CHICAGO 
WEEK NOV. 3. RIVERSIDE, MILWAUKEE 

Direction: William Morris Office 



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in Australia 

JACK and JUNE BLAIR 

NOW AT LOEWS STATE, NEW YORK 

Direction: JACK DAVIES 



Wednesday, November 1, 1939 



VARIETY HOUSE REVIEWS 



VARIETY ' 



57 



Heifetz 2d Fiddle to Glenn MiDer s 
Jive, Arty IHusic Takes Pitt Mauling 



. Pittsburoh, Oct. 27: 
Glenn Miller's Orch (17), Marion 
Hutlon, Ray Eberle, Tommy Trent, 
Harvest Moon Shag Champions (4); 
'Thcu Shall Houe Music' (UA). 



By this time the Stanley manage- 
ment has probably learned you can't 
mix Roseland with Carnegie Hall. 
Sheerest kind of booking folly was 
placing 'They Shall Have Music' on 
tame bill with Glenn Miiler! Any 
innocuous B comedy would have 
been more like it. 

Not that 'Music' isn't grade A en- 
tertainment, but the Miller followers 
ruin it and the non-swing-mindcd 
customers are going out with a 
pretty evil opinion of jitterbugs in 
Kcneral and the bands that cater to 
them. At the show caught today 
(Friday) the audience came to hear 
Glenn Miller, of the tingling trom- 
bone, and not Jascha Heifetz, star of 
the film. Listening to a big helping 
ot classic fiddling was obviously 
sheer torture for them and they 
made no bones about their discom- 
fort. 

■'They whistled and stomped through 
n neat Brahms; they yelled for Miller 
through the crystal purity of the 
Heifetz tones and by the time 'The 
. End' was flashed on the screen, the 
Stanley was a shambles of ecstatic 
and expectant excitement Much of 
the dialog in the film went by the 
boards; the symphony music got the 
ha-ha and the kids would have none ^ 
of anything but Miller. 

That's not Miller's fault, or course, 
but at that there may, be something 
in Artie Shaw's disparaging remarks 
about some jivers. Anyway, it might 
not be a bad idea for the Stanley 
management to have Miller intro- 
duced each time before beginning of 
picture and tell his legions that 
Heifetz plavs pretty good musici too. 
They might believe him— and listen. 

Incidentally, it's not hard to un- 
derstand the current enthusiasm for 
Miller. He has a corking ouifit, 
equally at home in swing Or sweet 
and excelling at both. Current Cin- 
derella Man of the band biz is a 
modest, self-effacing fellow with a 
shy, engaging manner and a trom- 
bone that speaks volumes for him. 
His reed and brass sections rate ace- 
high in any orchestral reckoning and 
he's using them in all his arrange- 
ments to perfect advantage. 

Miller has a big orcli (17). four 
liombones including himself, five 
saxes, four trumpets,' guitar, bass, 
drums and piano, and the dulcet 
tones come out just as well as the 
hot platters. In the public eye. it 
may be identified as a swing outfit 
but that's not wholly so, as witness 
Miller's sweet version of 'Danny 
Boy,' which he announces as a 'tune 
you didn't expect to hear here today.' 

Band opens with the Miller trade- 
mark, 'Moonlight Serenade," and then 
the maestro introduces the Harvest 
Moon dancers, two couples. .First 
cut a neat rug but the second team 
sells the act Short fellow and six- 
foot dame clock a laugh a second 
and insure thi turn show-stop rating. 
Band then shoots 'Little Brown- Jug 
at 'em hot and heavy, and Ray 
Eberle, Miller vocalist, comes oiv to 
dish out 'Over the Rainbow,' 'To 
You* and 'Blue Orchids.' Couldn't 
get away no Miller had him- do a 
chorus of 'One o'clock Jump,'- which 
bi'.nd took on from there. 
" — Wearchange orpace-SITe^ted^ith 
'Danny Boy' and then Marjon Hiit- 
lon, a cute, jitterbuggy replica of her 
sister. Betty Huttoh, late of Vmccnt 
Lopez band, shift's things back into 
hish again with 'Jim Jam Jumper,' 
'FDR Jones' and 'Little Man Who 
Wasn't There,' latter with one of the 
sax players. He's the only crew 
member, outside of the drummer, 
who gets a solo spot. Miss Hutton 
looks like Betty and even has her 
wowwow, staccato tactics. Good bet 
to follow in her sister's footsteps. 
Orch next comes up with a swell 
duplicate of its latest recording. 'In 
the Mood,' featuring Miller, and 
that's followed by Tommy Trent, 
one of the better puppeteers, who 
cleans up with his standard act. still 
going over big here after a fourth 
visit. 

For a finish. Miller send-s 'em out 
in wild di.iorder to a hip-hip 'Runnin 
Wild.' Show runs only 45 minutes 
on account of length of picture (105 
mins.) and management's desire to 
pet in five shows. That wasn't neces- 
.sary today, however, because heavy 
downpour kept the crowd down. 

Cohen. 



STATE, N. Y. 



N'oble Sissle Orch with Ivfazte 
i4r7nstron(7, Ruby Hill, Billy Banks,' 
Claude and Clarence Stroiid, Harriet 
Hoctor, Marjorie GaiTUtvorth, Naitto 
Troupe; 'Honeymoon in Bali' (Par). 



fair routines and give the show bulk 
and the needed femme touch. 

Bobby May scores with neat nov- 
elty juggling. Has eliminated -prac- 
tically all of hts talk, but retains that 
yokel-boy amble as he goes from 
trick to trick. He's tops with Indian 
clubs, balls and cigar-and-hat. The 
acme of finesse, he accomplishes the 
stunts with deftness and showman- 
ship, that make him surefire any- 
where. 

t,assiter Bros, are a couple of ex- 
cellent acrobatic tumblers who only 
falter on their comedy touches. For 
instance, the nose-wiping, with the 
house doubly wrong in permitting 
it, The fellow who talks most is 
considerably at fault in elocution 
and delivery. But the act basically, 
is good, with the comedy tumbling 
arid hard-to-hand work proving 
solid audience material. 

Dance trio of Kay, Katya and Kay 
proved much to the liking of the 
mob in for the last show Friday (27). 
Two numbers are fine in conception 
and execution.. They make a 
splendid appearance and turn in 
bright ballroom and adagio routines. 

Headlining Lee Sims and Ilomay 
Bailey, with latter getting most of 
the spotlight . on her singing ^vhlle 
Sims backgrounds on the piano. 
When caught, Sims corralled much 
audience attention with his deft 
handling of the ivories. Novelty 
vocal number calls for Miss Bailey 
to sin^ some special lyrics - for 
Ravel's 'Bolero.' 
Biz plenty healthy. ■ ^ Gisla._ 



Stage show runs somewhat over- 
time, consuming an hour and 10 min- 
utes, but it is good diversion. Busi- 
ness, however, on the first night 
(Thursday) was somewhat off, that 
being blameable on the fact that the 
feature picture had played the near- 
by Paramount for three weeks, 
thereby milking the draw in the 
Times Sqiiare sector. 

Noble Sissle, dapper composer- 
leader, has an excellent band with 
him and three specialty people who 
also deliver. His routine is opened 
with 'Wild About Harry,' which he 
aiid Eubie Blake wrote for 'ShulTle 
Along,' the show that started a vogue 
of colored revues on Broadway. His 
finale number is a corker, made 
surefire through its patriotic appeal. 
Tune \Yhich he swings begins with a 
clever paraohrace of 'Old Man 
River..' Band is doubling from Billy 
Rose's Diamond Horseshoe, nitery in 
the nearby Paramount hotel. 

Only one of the specialty artists, 
Billy Banks, is brought back. He 
starts with a good baritone selection, 
the 'Rainbow' number from The 



KEITH'S, BOSTON 



Boston. Oct. 26. 
Collins & Peterson, jHeodore & 
Deneshu, Dick, Don & Dinah, Ada 
BTOuin, Clemens Belling Co. (3), 
Larry -Flint Houise Orch; .'When To- 
morroto Comes' (RKO). 



All-in-all, a good hour of enter- 
tainment providing variety ot com- 
edy, dancing, acrobatics and singing. 

The opener, Clemens Belling Co., 
is a circus-like troupe with a big bag 
of tricks, including stunting dogs, a 
bit of magic, a little clowning and 
some dancing bv the two girls who 
assist the m.c. Though weak on the 
natter and a little jerky in continu- 
ilv act is refreshingly unique. 

Dick. Don and Dinah arc deuced 
here, but deserve better position for 
their clever comedy acro-risley turn. 
Trio perform some difficult stuff and 
plso bring in plenty of new tricks. 
One is a series of bouncing flips and 
fomer.<!aults. with a big ball used as 
a .springboard. A slow triple mount 
rets them a .swell hand at the finish. 
Whole act is smartly paced. 

Theodore and Denesha, next-to- 
close, reaister nicelv jn a diversified 
class ballroom routine. Ada Brown 
gets fair re.'oonse to her swingy 
••ihouting of 'Jiimoln' Jive.' 'Laziest 
Gal in Town.' 'Comes Love' and 
'Some of These Days.' Does some 
shuffling and truckin' on the 'Jive 
number for the fini.sh. Harry Swana- 
gan ancomoanies on the piano. . 

Collins and Peterson, viewed here 
?lmo£t annually, closr. the bill with 
their familiar gafs which, according 
to class standards, are consistently 
vulgar and flat, biit which click, in 
)hP main, with the mornin.g cus 
tomers; '*>^- 

CIRCLE, INDPLS. 



conventional liries; One performer 
keeps a plate spinning on a stick in 
each hand while turning a somer- 
sault 

The Lebanatti Ir-o, an elderly 
man, a youth and a girl, pound 
music out of three xylophone?. The 
young couple also indulge in some 
expert jitterbug 'terping. 

Holding down the headline spot, 
Prince and Princess Selanda,' billed 
as 'genuine Scandinavian royalty,' 
have a novel dance offering. After 
a bit of ballroom stepping, they give 
their impressions of how Mae West, 
Sally Rand, Harold Lloyd, Greta 
Garbo, Hitler, Chamberlain, Stokow- 
ski. Snow White and Dopey would 
do the tango, a bit of mikeug .help- 
ing the illusion in each instance. 
. Assisted by Peggy Earle, a hard- 
working and funny . eccentric 
comedienne, the versatile Sid Page 
cracks through to stop the show 
with clowning, gagging, rooe-spin- 
ning and comedy magic. Plenty of 
laughs here. For a wind-up, the 
Wynn gals breeze through ii tam- 
bourine gypsy number. 

House light at opening n\atinee 
show. Rces. 



TOWER, K. C. 



Kan,<ins City, Oct. 2ft. 
Vol Setz, Perry Ttoins. Col. Wil 
buT, Kealon and Armficld, "IVovnline 



PARAMOUNT, N. Y. 



Teddy Pouiell Orch. with Ruth 
Gaylord, Jimmy Blair; Lane Bros., 
Frazee Sisters, Bob Bromley, Dicte 
Potoell; 'Disputed Passage' (Par), 
reviewed in Vahiety Oct. 18. 



-Wizard of Oz' and then slips into ] Payne, Don Harris, Glamour Girls 
■ .1.-1 X,.. , thouse line). Jack Wendover's 

House Orch; 'Hawaiian Nigltts' (U). 

'Black and . White' title is hung on 
this bill, providing theme for setting 
and line numbers. 

Glamour Girls start things with 
novelty number .in which they 
handle huge black gaucho hats. Val 
Setz takes over as the opening stand- 
ard act with a juggling routine. In- 
jects comedy here and there between 
juggling Indian clubs, balls, plates 
and various other items. Work is 
clever and in the right spot. 

House songbird regular, Novaline 
Payr/, steps down from the band- 
stand to offer her bit earlier than 
usual, going oVer with 'Old Man 
Mose.' Routine of tapping, inter- 
spersed with a comedy boxing bit 
and novelty steps, is offered by male 
duo. Perry Twins; They're over- 
board a bit for what thev have to 
offer. 

M.C. Don Harris sings 'Chloe* and 
a nevii Zone: 'Scatterbrain.' - Then 
takes to the mike to giv the com- 
mentary to sharpshooting of Col. 
Wilbur (New Acts), one-armed 
marksman. 

Closing standard turn is taken by 
Keaton and Armfield in a mixture 
of patter. - terping and imitating. 
Male confines self mostly to foiling 
to gal's mimicking ot Katharine Hep- 
burn, to which she adds a modern 
tap solo: Gaunt Johnny Mack, . as 
third member of the act, comes on to 
allow line of gags to be thrown at 
his ghostlike appearance. He winds 
up with a limber tap. Act shows 
some good snots, but needs consider- 
able strengthening. 

Begowned line closes with a mod- 
ern kick routine. Quin. 

EARLE, PHILLY 



jive. stuff that gets the house, thiere 
beiing plenty of jitterbugs in ovi- 
dence. Before that a classy tapper, 
Maxie Armstrong, goes to town and 
gets a big hiand. Girl singer with 
the Sissle outfit is Ruby Hill, billed 
as a 'sepia songbird.' and she de- 
livers, with 'Melancholy Moon.' 
^The Stroud Twins, together, are on 
fourth, although Clarence is the m.c. 
and works through the show. Dur- 
ing part of their talk there are some 
cracks in French. The Strouds are 
among the few comics who can talk- 
about inconseouentials and get 
laughter. The deadpan Claude par- 
ticularly helps get it across. Lads do 
well with a hoofing finale and are 
well rewarded. 

Harriet Hoctor is still a lovely toe 
dancer. She has gained some pound- 
age, which may account for'a routine 
.not quite as animated as when she 
was with Zie^eld shows. She opens 
with 'Bolero,' which seems somewhat 
too slow for toe work; yet it's pretty 
to see She closes to a routine ac- 
companied by 'Victor Herbert melo- 
dies. ' While she makes a co.stume 
change, a young tapping ballroom 
team. Jack and June Blair, give, a 
good account of themselves. 

The crack Naitto troupe opens and 
it looks better than- when with the 
Ringling. Barnum and Bailey circus. 
Two tight wires are used, the three 
girls performing expertly. Star of 
the act is Noo. only girl reputedly 
who can do a back somersault on the 
wire. There is neither stalling nor 
attempts to make the feats look 
more difficult than u.<:ual, which is 
very infrequent with acts of this 
type. 

On .second is Marjorie Gainsworth, 
who has sung with the Chicago Civic 
Opera Co. She is a full-throated so- 
prano who also appears in class night 
clubs. First number is 'Make Believe,' 
followed bv a medley that includes 
'Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.' 'Street 
Singer.' from 'Naughty Marietta,' 
earns an encore, which is 'Let's Make 
Memories Tonight' from the score of 
the current Broadway musical, 
'Yokel Boy.' Ibee. 



CHICAGO, CHI 



Chicacro. Oct. 28. 
Lee Sims & Ilomay Bailey, Bobby 
May, Lassiter Bros.. Kay. Katya & 
Kay. Dorothy Hild Girls (16); 'Koor- 
ing Twenties' (WB). 



The.. Chicago" "is veering more to 
straight vaude after the previous 
policy of extravaganza and produc- 
tion. Only semblance of the former 
.setup is the Hild line of girls, on for 
opening and closing. They manage 



Indianapolis, Oct. 27. 
Joe E. Bromn. Stone tc Lee, Ran- 
dall Sisters. American Gauehos (71. 
Toy & Wtiifj, Hollyuiood Beauties 
02); -What a Li/e' (Par). 

After several weeks of double fea- 
liircs. house again takes a. fling at 
.clage fare, with Joe E. Brown heart- 
ing a nicely balanced 62-minutc bill. 

Hollywood Beauties, line, open 
with tap routine and appear twice 
later in bill. American Gauehos sat- 
isfy in tcetcr-board antics, as seven 
men do breath-taking flips to four- 
high shoulder .stands and other feats 

■''ch vv'in heavy hand. 

Randall Sisters provide neat vocal 
arrangements of pop tunes, doing 
■Jumoin' Jive.' 'When Paw Was 
Courtin' Maw' and "Beer Barrel 
with line. Al Stone m.c.s throughout 
and holds down the. trey spot with 
his partner, Ti.shy Lee, to gel some 
blue giegles. They have replaced 
Terry Howard, and Jack Talley in 
the unit. With Brown drawing 
iuves. patter should be whitewashed. 
Toy and Wing appear in three nicely 
done dances, a ballroom tap, jitter- 
bug number and tOe specialty by 
Miss Wing for finish. 

Brown closes and gets plenty 
laugh.s with his broad comedy, al- 
though gags are not so new. Hi.s 
best bit is a oantomime of baseball 
oitcher being knocked out of the 
box. Finishes with comedy sharp- 
-hooting bit with Stone, joined by 
Mi's Lee for dancing exit. 

Biz fair at third show Fridav (27). 

Kiley. 



MINNESOTA, MPLS. 



Minneapolis, Oct. 28. 

Jacte-Malerich— House— 0*eh,-(-18),-.- 

Jacfc Hillinrd, Wen High Troupe (5), 
Patricia Wynn Dancers (12). Leba- 
notti Trio. Prince ond Princcxs 
Selanda, Sid Page & Co. (2); 
'Jecpers Creepers' (Rep). 



This bill combines a satisfying ar- 
ray ot acts with an adequate band. 
The result is above-average enter- 
tainment, with the Dick Powell 
name a likely draw. House was well 
filled for the final show Thursday 
night (26). 

Film actor, reviewed elsewhere 
.under New Acts, is on last and mops 
up with a generous assortment of 
songs, plus bits of sax and trumpet 
playing. 

Teddy Powell's band (no relation 
to Dick) opens and closes the show, 
besides contributing several numbers 
between acts. The outfit here leans 
more toward the hot stuff, at which 
it's rather commonplace. 

Musically, the outfit is proficient 
enough, but it has little style, and 
when it turns on the juice for a jive 
session, fails to build any really in- 
fectious rhythmic drive. Its highest 
pitch of intensijly. is about the level 
at which a genuinely hot band is 
just beginning to make the stage 
pulsate. Ruth Gaylord and Jimmy 
Blair, with the band, do the vocals 
acceptably. Powell is an indifferent 
m.c. 

sicians rarely glance at him when 
he's swinging the stick. 

Following the band's i lening ses- 
sion, the Lane Bros. (New Acts) 
have the first spot. Tl'-: Frazee 
Sisters, familiar harmony pair in 
vaude and radio, contribute three 
numbers, plus an enc re.^ Making a 
striking stage appearance, with cos- 
tumes and - hair get-up reminiscent 
of the much-exploited oomph pub- 
licity pictures of Ann Sheridan, they 
have an assured manner before an 
audience. More variation iii tempo 
and volume would be an improve- 
ment, however.- 

Bob Bromley also gets across with 
three punpet turns, an opera so- 
prano, colored tap (lancer and con- 
cert pianist. Works with the strings 
and figures visible to the audience 
and with recorded sound effects. 
Well conceived and carried through. 

Kobe. 



AUDUBON, N. Y. 



Philadelphia. Oct. 27. 
: Jimmie Luncc/ortl's Orch (15) 
with Jimmy Younj;, Dan Grissom, 
Four Inkspots. Earl and Frances; 
'Kid Ni^htineale* (WB). 



Presence supposedly of ncrform- 
ei's of several nationalities inspired 
the 'International Revue' title for i Inkspots 
this pleasing show. Each of the four ! spngology, 



There are no dull moments on 
this 50-minule all-sepia bill. Only 
two outside acts back Lunceford's 
band, but the gang onstage makes 
MtrtiSt lack of -fiilffiBeTs-By a wiae 
reoertoire and a willingness to give. 

Lunceford outfit shares honors 
with the Four Inkspots. Quartet is 
doubling between a five-a-day here 
(six shows Saturday) and a mid- 
night stint at the Little Rathskeller, 
local nitery. 
Despite the heavy assignment, the 
give plenty with thei'- 
At show caught they did 



. Betty Hutton, Diamond Bros. (4"), 
Ted Claire & Nancy Healy, Paul 
Kartell's Orch with Jimmy Rogers; 
'Mickey the Kid' (Rep). 



, ., :' '■ . . ...<T-.; »i . ' six numbers, including two encores, 

outside acts attains a sufficiently only-allowed to leave the 

high entertainment plane, while the stage when. 'Deacon' Watson, their 

standard house units — Malcrich's leader, pleaded exhaustion, 

band, the Wynn girls' dancing and The songsters are dolled up in 

" , ■ , • ■ « fancy. Ivory-colored tails and click. 

Jack Hilliard singin.? . m.c.-con- ^^y^^^y g ^-^^^ variety of num- 

tinue to barge through in touchdown ^ers ranging from the sweet 'If I 

fashion. Didn't Care' to a jumping novelty 

The 18 mus.cian.s on the elevated tabbed -'Your Feet's Too Big.' Their 

platform rcgi.ster strongly in a sock ^ther offerings are 'Jeepers Creep- 

pverturc !Songs of the Dawn^^ . -Addres.s Unknown,' -;Who' a^d 

several of the boys contributini' brief .j^^j ^ Thrill ' 

^inH^^rf"^,'?^^^^ Lunceford's band is in "good form, 

down'" ^Da"J i Done' -How Hate "P' ^nd playing 

o Get Ud in the iorning' 'Mad smoothly in . front of an eye-filling 

n^«c^Ly'Vri"iichmr^ -nH 'Whatta backdrop. Gang is versatile and 

^SrAtsil'nr" ^t;ini'''jrmrv"Yru=n<r%r^o'rb'o*nis\" 
With the house eliminating iU !,^'"f,'„, r,i^^h^hnrLT^^^«^^' 
m.c.i Hllliard winds u - h engage- ^^""j'/^ """^^ °^ ^°<=al assign- 
ment with a high-grade introducing , „~ \,. ,r .\ «,,",„,, 
io"o and a single .song. 'South of the wh^.rhn n^^^' ^niJTj ^n.n , r nn3^^^^ 
Border.' for which Malerich fur- , W^„a.tfha Do, fio>ng into a l^unceford 
nishcs the organ accompaniment. It | original, 'Le JaSz. Hot. Dan (Jris- 
scores ! som, saxophonist ballads, 'Moon 
First of the two . i dancers' 'Cheatin' on Me' brings on 
contributions, 'Street Scene,' has the 
girls strikingly costumed in black 
tights, gold sequin jackets and red 
gloves. It's an exotic ballet consist- 
ing mainly of arm and body gyra- 
tions, 



Three men, a boy and a gal com- 
prise the Wen High Japanese troupe, 
whose acrobatics,' . balancing and. 
plate-spinning proceed mostly along 



Lunceford's quartet led. by 'Young. 
'Well, All Right' 'Margie' and a new 
Lunceford composition. 'For Dancers 
Only,' wrap it up. 
Earl and Francis, dance team, are 



Six weeks, of which five were In 
the red, has convinced the Brandts 
this isn't the spot for stage shows. 
Opening day (Thursday) of this 
week's- show, which marks the finale, 
■was the final convincer. It was 
brutal at the b.o. and perhaps even 
sadder for the acts, which at the 
evening performance were in a cold 
sweat, trying to draw response from 
a wide expanse of empty seats. 

It must be said for the Brandts 
that they gave, vaude a fair chance. 
A six-week trial is sufficient to 
gauge a policy's b.o. chances, and it 
proved wanting. The nabe just isn't 
what it used to be. Once a residen- 
tial sector for the prosperous middle 
class, it's complexion has been con- 
stantly changing in the past 10 years 
— for the worse. Now its population 
is chiefly Spanish and German and 
A-us^d%n refugees. They apparently 
YiSi/e little coin to spend for enter- 
tainment and even less desire to 
spend it for vaudeville. 

If not proflts, a vaudfilm house 
should^ at least draw fairly well at a 
35c' top weekdays. This the' Audii- 
bpii_i5a_laij£,<j_to_clp^. ^It-JWicinaUz 
started at 40c top with name bands, 
but after four weeks the budget was 
slashed, lesser orchs substituted and 
the admission scale revamped. Still 
no go, so out goes vaude after being 
unable to find a paying audience in 
what was once a terrific vaude nabe. 

Disheartening biz may have cast 
its reflection on the bdoking of the 
current layout. It's a rather listless 
affair that looks even worse because 
of the soarse attendance. There is 
but one soark in the show, and that's 
the closing Diamond Bros. (4) in 
their standard comedy knockabout 
routine. The three boys on the stage 
and the fourth in the wings aiming 
to conk 'cm with a heavy plank have 
been around for years, both here and 
abroad. They're surefire for laughs 
and were the only act at this catch- 
ing to gain any spontaneous response 
from the poor attendance. 

Band this week is Paul Martell's 
He's from the minor ballroom: 
around, town and' appears unaccus- 
tomed- to stage work. He's stiff and 
.uncertain, keeps his face constantly 
turned toward . the audience and 
there's not enough personality in hi: 
kisser to warrant such spotlighting 
Musically, the band is only fair; ir 
appearance- it's negative. Singei 
with the band, Jimmy Rogers, is 
given an NBC buildup and uncovers 
a fair tenor and a toothy, personalit} 
grin. 

Martell hasn't a single word to saj 
throughout the entire layout M.c 
chore is in the hands of Ted Claire 
once one of the ton picture house 
ncrsonality boys in the p.ood old dayj 
that bred Dick Powell, Paul Ash, etc 



li;??i^Sng^t.a?5?alt!S'^ ^, 



Lunceford brand of jive. 
Biz Friday afternoon (27) was fair. 

Shal. 



an audience that for the most pan 
doesn't understand him. His besi 
(Continued, on page 40) 



38 



VARIETY 



Woilncsiloy, November 1, 1939 



NEXT WEEK (November 3) 
THIS WEEK (October 27 

Numerals i,n connaetion with bills below- indicate opening day of 
■how, whether full or split week 




I . Vny'it (L') 
i noiiiTrlfli NflHiin 
SI ('l.ilrc »<r Yvdillio 
i Aliliiiil & itiihry 
I!h> liMDliT Wllhrt'C 
Si'iinliir .Murpliy 



raisy Jiihn.iloiie 

ST. T,(H IS " 

(.1) 



KKW VOKK' CITV 

StilU Ci) 
Kilinuiirl Lowrt. 
T.c.H llrown' Oft;, 
Trixle 

Tlj". Tnii » 'l'i>» 
I'lTTSUfKtill 
Jihinlry (») . . 



JV:iil Kml Kills 
.WASIII>(iTOS 
4'n|ill<il <:<> 
Rliyilim P.nckeu 
IfnIUM Iniliiif 
4 KrAUks 

llelln 
nHdlo llniul»I'*i'^. 



Cabaret Bills 



NEW YOEK CITY 



Paramoant 



KKW YORK CITV 

riiramtHint (I) 
Tetl J'owell Ore 
IXck Voivoll 
l.Hnc- UriM 
Hob llrtMiilcy 

ItulTillo (S). 
Horace Held) iJrc 



<-|IIC.\(iO 

EdiU* l':«iuor Co 
. TOI.KI>0 
l*nriiiiioiiiit 

Marilta Hiiyf Co 
Itiil) y.arXit Or>: 

Jock WilUain8 




NKW VOKK CITV 
' Miulc'Hiill (t) 

. Jtin l^eorce 

- Wiilier CRHsel 
Mollsa MifMon ■ 
Corps lie 15nllet 
Kocketiea 

Erno Itaper Syinph 
BOSTON 
KHIli (»■.'!) . 
Kondnll & Drrw 
Whltiiry P.obcrin 
. Jack Ciwynn*' Co 
Sylvia Froo8 
West * I'alte 

CHirAdO 
Fuliirr (27) 
Joe Cook Co 
CIXCIXNATI 
Sliubert (3) 
Con Bennett Co 

Martha Hnye Co 



CI.>:VKI^\M> 
I'nlarr (8) 

Joe IC J*rown t.'o 

(!T) 
6 Orays » 
Ceil,' iilieMon 
K>l>j| llowan 
r»i»n(l Bnil tCIJji 
Var Canibol:^ 
■IMVTOX 
Colonlul Ci) 
t.eniiy & SircIit 2 
Hush & liolli.y 
Marie Wll.'tiin 
''OKKy Taylor 3 
RuCr Davis. 
Creiontiy 
(One to nil) 

(L'71 

Clyde MrCtiy Oi-c 
Wayne Cr,»i*ir 
3 Bennett Sla 
Trado 2 ■ 

Koblnson 4- Man In 
Steve Kv.ins 



EMPIRE ROOM 
PALMER HOUSE 
CHICAGO 
lYMW ROYCE and VANYA 

INDEFINITELY 



Via; MARK J. LE0OY 




New YORK CITV 
Stmod (3) 

Hal Kemp Ore 
Smoothies 
Shea & Raymond 
Uea trice Howell 
I>IIII.AUKI.|rHIA 
Kane (3) 
Ted Vrecma Ore 
I'HUl Winchell 
Hudson Wonders 
P * J Hubert 
Dead Knd Kids 
(27) 

Jimmy Lunceford O 
Ban & I'rancla 
4 Ink Spots 

riTTSIIVRdH 

Stwnlpj— <41) 

Glenn Miller Ore 



Ann & Small 
Roberta Ji -ilarlln 
Toitimy Trent 

RCADIXG- 
Aatof (S-4) 
Mai Haliett Qrc 
WASlllXfiTOX 
Karle (3) 
Jark Haley 
Mary Carllai)'' 
Jack Teaparden Ore 
Ann & Small 
Howard N'lchols 
(27) 

Matlrire & Cordoba 
Oxforit i;oys 
-tl a e l ''-owter-0 
Earllntt Kln^; 




NEW VOKK CITV 
Kuxy (3) 

Bobby ^luy 
Teddy Hudrlpuez 
I>aul Ash Orr 

WIndHOr ()!) 
Bud Hughes Cu 
Anietf & Arno 
Sinclair 2 
Uen Uernle Ore 

Century (Sl-«) 
Anthony £ Ranio 
Hunk Urowne Co 
Chaa & Barbara 
Elaine Jarvis 
Mellons 

IIKOOKI.VN 

FlutbuHli (2) 
Claire & Shannon 
Ilob King ' 
Diamond Droa 
Benay Venuta 
Gray Gonlon Ore 
BAI.TIMOKK . 
IlippiMlronir (3) 
Maurice it Cordoba 
Oxford Boys 
Gae Foaier (lis 

HInte (S-V) 
Ada Co 

Jerome & Ryan 
Rhythm Flni-hcs 

Koyul (3) 
Jimmy T,uncefor<*-0 

IIKTICESDA 
KrtlirHila (4 «nl>') 
Ada Co 

Jerome £ Ryan 
Rhythm FInHhea 
KM/AltKTH 
Mbrrty (3-R) 
CInyton & Phillips 
Kd I/ambert 'Co 
Oeraldlne & Joe 
Ross & Edwards 
SonpTs it Flnmes ■ 
FATX RIVRR 
Rmpire (31-Z) . 
demons -Bellong Co 
llellKt & Enic Bros 



Ada BroH'n 
Collins i Peterson 
Jlartell & Huist < 

VRKKI'OKT 
*reciM>r» (i-j) 
Al Behrens 
Kalph Uocers Co 
Jillton OouKias Co 
Norman £ McKay R 

HARTI'-ORD 

State (8-7) 
Woody Herman Ore 
Andrews Sis 
Pearl Hoblns 
Fenwick * Cook ■ 
JAJIAIC.X ' 

Curitnn (S) 
Royal Whirlwind!. 
Mare Ballero 
Hetty Button 
MInnevltcli Co 

rAXCASTKK 
Colonlul (4 only)' 
Ch'ter Fredericks C 
(2 In mil 
Bert l.aytnn Cls 
MK-tlVIlIS 
Orplirum (t) 
Infl circus 

.MIMVAIKEK 
Kiverslile C!l) 
-Mnrle Wilson 
Itub Oakley 
Ro.Heoe Ates 
Barbara Ray 
Art Jnrrett 
I.nwe, Hlte & S 
Allen. Stone &■ .\ 
P.ITEKSO.V 
.Migrstle (3-lt) 
(2 to nil) 
Jack LaVler Co 
I.,eVan & Bolles 
rillUOZfl.l'HIA 
Cnnunn (8:9) 
Emerald Sis 
Ray VaUKhn 
(One to (111) 
Forrell, Drew Co 



njirney liatlnol's 
C:iner Bowie 
.M11/.I O .Vi'lll 

inn llerVnldttl's 

Don Sylvio Or.c 
.■\iti;i*lo'e Itirmba Bd 
H«il>i-rln Welch 
IMIly t.'asc.Tde. 

I. iniln .March' 
V Mc.\'nui;hton 
Cnil- (;rant 
Corllcs & l*n Inter 

Hill's Cuy OO'a 

BlJI\ r.orralne 
Clnirlcfi Strickland 
Spikt* H^irrl.soii 

II. 'irry Uoniielly 
ll;ilol.| Wlllaid 
tins WIckc 
Kiuily Stcven.son 
DiirtMliy WhUnvy 

'JIuiilevnrd Tuyern 
(Kliiiliurst. n!y.) 

San Fredrlcs Ore 
TItcliiiu '.Nevlns 
.Mac.\rthnrs 

Cafe .. Society 
Joe Sullivan Ore 
.liie .Mnrs.tin Ore 
Ulllle Hulllday 
.Cliiilciiu .MtMlerne 
Paul B.Tss Ore 
An:,'ela X'eleK 
C.'ibrlcl 
tied 1:1X1)11 
.\ndy' I'eiidleloQ 

' Club 1» 
Jsek White 
Pat Harrlnf;ton 
.lane Kc} nolds 
Kuth Clayton 
Wllnia Novak 
(in.ve Dixon 
Frankle Hyera 
l^ella Oaynes 
Heale St Boys 
Vln.'eCurian 
Ceo (;iMrord 
G Andrews Ore 
Club <iuuclio 
Juan Mnkula Ore . 
Oabrlel & Ulralda 
Nedra Madera 
.Mona Lisa 

Cotton Club 
Louis Armstrong O 
Stepln Felchlt . . 
Avla Andrews 
Chilton & Thomas 
Kaloah 
Alan & Anise 
Princess (Jiella 
Bobby Kvana 
Stump Ss Stumpy 
Burrlnetun Guy 
Dan Hcaly 
Dlanmna iforseshoc 
Niible SIssle. Ore 
Dt^'n McCirnne Ore 
Fritzl Scheff 
Dentrlee Kay 
Buddy Doyle 
.MarKOt Isrander 
Frank LIbuse 
Tom Pairleol* 
Joe Howard 
('lyde Haeer 
Manfrean Tr 
I.unllle Johnson 
lOmmii Francis 
l.ulu Bales 
Willie Solar 
Hnrry ArnislronR 
ISIlzabeth Murray-- 
Kl Clilro 
mnr-MflrlRnl Ore 
Soledad MIralles 
Doiita & Valero 
l.a (ilinnllla 
Maria Lopez 

Fumona Uoor 
Pats Waller Ore 
■Maxine Sullivan 
iirerntrlvli Village 

Casino 
Joe'Candullo Ore 
Jules dl Salvo Ore 
Allecn Cook 
Sandra Lynde 
Dolly Reckless 

HurHnn-.MRdrld 
Nano Rodrigo Ore 
Uoslta RIos 
S'erfflo Orta 
Bene & Popao 
MavLovia Rui;: 
KIba Vnliadores 
Rita E|/.a 

Hickory Hbuae 
Louis , Prima Ore 
Hulrl Ambnssntlor 
Del Courtney Ore 
Paul .Sydcll 

llnlel Astor 
nick ICuhn Ore 
.Sande Wlllinms Ore 
H;iel itelinnnt-i'lBza 
Joe Sudy Ore 
lloracio Zite Ore 
Kthel Rhulta 
Joe & Betty Lee 
Lee Sullivan 
Hotel Cohiinodore 
Ifaminy Kaye Ore 
Hotal Klltmore 
Geo Olsen Ore 
4 Bachelors 
Tanner Sis 
l'at.iy Parker 
Jean Blair 
Vera Fern 
Ann Durson 

Hotel Killion 
Blue Barron Ore 
)tu8s Carlyle 
Charlie Fisher 
1 Blue Notes 
Hotel Emok Hoase 
Frankle- Masters O 



Marian l-'rances ■ 
lay .Matllii'Hs 
Bi;.-s lilllon 

Jlolcl I.exliiirlon 
■n.ty K'llincx (Ji-c 
Me\ nio Holt 

Hotel I.I In 

Jan Sit VI 1 1 t.irc 

Uiilcl .McAlpIn 
.T McHMtier (,ii'c 
Jeanne 0*.\rcy 
Hotel New Yorker 
Paul Whiicm.ln t>r 
Jnun l-Mwarils 
Clai-lto Deiiriis 
Moilcrnalres 
Hotel rpnnfi>-|viiiilM 
Artie .slinw Ore 
Ralph HotRers Ore 
Hotel l'i<rk Centriil 

(Coroitnul' ttrove) 
Nat Briisilorr Ore 
Don Alphonso Orc 

Hotel rierra 
Rlcllard Hlniber Or 
Ethel Levy 
Fred Lowerv 
Gall Gnll 
Blla Shields 
Ooorjfle llnrii.4 
Hotel- I'liixn 
Bddy Ducliln Ore 
Carolyn llorton 
Paul Draper 
Jane Plcl;ens 
Hotel Siirny-I'liiza 
Kmile Peltl Ore 
Dwlghl 

llulrl St. Horllx 

Eddie Varxos Ore 
Vclma Ka>e 
Glen Pope 
Inez. Jlarvot 

Hotel $1. Regis 
(Iridium KiHuii) 
Chas Bnum Ore 
Dorothy Lew*is 
B & J Heasley 
Marie do Forest 
Harrietts Haddon 
Berniece Stewart 
Lucille La Marr 
Thekia Horn 
Norah Gale 

(Hnn-nlliin' MalHun- 
elte) 

Elmer Lee Ore 
Clara Inter 
Walklkl Krach GIs 
Leo LanI 
Maiiunnn Bishnw 
Lily Padekeh 

Hotel RooHerell 
Guy l.ombnrdo Ore 

Hotel Tdft 
Enoch Light Ore 
V^Kylv Mann 
GeorKc nines 
Smith Howard 
Light Brigade 

llnlel tVuldort- 
Astorlu 

(Empire Room) 
Benny Goodman Or 
Lionel Hainpiuii 
Gloria Day 
^'ksy Binian 
Louise Tobin 
c'letcher Henderson 
Tools Monde! lu 
(Sert Room) 
Emil Coleman Ore 
Carmen Miranda 
Mario Si Floria 

(l.aunitr Room) 
Kat Brnndwynne Or 
Barbara Bannister 
Iiitenintlnnnl Then. 
Ranny- Weeks Ore 
Paul Remos Co 
Antonio De\'era Or 
Lionel Rand Ore 
Milton Berle 
Dolly Arden 
Honey -Fain 
Kay Heatlierion 
Cass Daley. 
K Pnrsons-A Sweet 

Kit Kat t.lub 
■Connie McLean. Ore 
Charioteers 
T'Orenzb Roberson 
Velma iiiddleton 
Etsy Cooper 

tM Conga . 
Carlos Molina Ore 
Diosa Cosleilo 
Desi Arna-/. 
Rosalean & Seville 
Terrsiia Oslu 

l4t )lMrtlnl«|De 
Dick (iarparro Ore 
Oscar de la Rosa O 
, Elvira P.'os 
Oeorgle Topps 
Murissa Flores 
Ijtme .' 
Eddie Davis Ore 
Joseph smlth'Orc 

-l.e Coq Rotige ' 
Nickl i;a.ymond Ore 
Don Marlon Ore 
Murray Harmon 
Tlsdaie 2 
Ann Franclne. 

Rubun Bleu 
Elsie Houston 
Geo Lloyd 
Vicente Gomez 
Sally Evans 
Walter & Koss 

Leon A Rddle'a 
Rainona Ore 
Lou Martin Ore 
Eddie Davis 
Donald Burr 
Rath Salo 
H &'H AlAiotl 



I Ooyi Club 

I Jimmy .Munily Ore 
, .Madeleine Civell 
. Pi^riidifHi 

Rniery lleiMsch Ore 
I JacK Wuldrun 
i .lanls Andre .; 
I Ili'li'ii I'aiiini-r 
. 'I'lM-ry .V Wiill.-r 
'i Joliii KllJiil 

Pliire KicK'tnle 

Kriic.'.l Fraiix 

Arlliiir 'i'ulliTl 
' \ lot fill I'c" Cosla 
I Hill Farrell 

ttuC4*n .^liiry 

joii i>;iijs Oj'c 

Consuelo l'-|o'wei'lrtii 
.lean \^ alters 

WilNllll IiSIIK 

.Maiia l*'»irlii'S 

tluei'im Terrace 
(HtHiilshlc. I.. I.) 

Snilli Moslcy -(Jrc 
Vini-ent Itin-ns Ore 
Jacl.l,- CIcaMiii . ■ 
|iiiriilli.\ .Mannci'i 
.lerry Tiipiis ' 
Wilma Novak 
Belt.e (ilcnn 

KnInlHiw tirlll 
nnrry .\\'lnl(in (ire 
Mnrl.vnn & .Micjiael 

Rillnlioiv. Kiiom 
Edille Leltariin Ore 
\Wn Culler (Mc 
Hetty Raliilall . 
John . lloysrailt 
S.irlta & Tilo 
C.ali-dali 
l)r Sytlney ,Ui*sfl 
Kiisslan Kreiclinm 
(lip'ty llila 
Tania 

Simeon T<:ira\aprt 
Nadia Mlrii\a 
.N-;ij>tifi l-iilial.ova 
.Michel .Miciioii 



MIscha T'sdonov 
Voludla Kiitov Ore 
.Show liar 
(t'ore^l IIIIN) 

Bobby Day Ora 
(*uiinle Haines 
Slim Tanner 
BUI Randolph 
l.oiinnna Rudd 
>'ic Cliristian 
^llichacl .I- M Ford 
VIrKlnin Vaughn 

.siiirk CInb 
Siinii.v ' ICendls. Ore 
.MoochMo Ore 

The Hedges 
'I'dmmy T*yhiaii 
Al Lamb 

Tony'a 

To'n.v .*^omn 
Spivy 

Jai'k Bland 
Francis Scliiiliuan 

■ ■ VerfMillles. 
•M Derpe're Ore 
l*aiichito Ore 
Abbott Si Ciislello 
Adolalde .Moltetl 
Vlllnge llnrn 
HdwaM Wooils Ore 
Laura KellOKg 
.laye Martin 
Waller liaer 
Elaine * Carry 
Lou Valero 
Montana WranKl'-rs 
Vlllnge Vangunrd 

(icrald Clark Ore 
Calypso Uecdrilcrs' 
Cecil Anderson . 
1<ill Mntons 
Ncl.oon & Hort 
.. Wlilrling Top 
Geo 'Morris' Ore 
CSrtK-e .Morgan 
l'a.'rlyln Sis ' 
Knis. Beyer 



LOS ANGELES 



Mary l*Hrkt*i' 

Kny Ndblo <.>n* 
lUUiHiiro lliiwl 

Chuck l-'orilci Oic 
Jliniiiy ('.'tf((lp 
\Vi>Uiin O'Koui-ko 

Hecliir & (*n 

Airroilo UlMiinIm Bd 
Dorothy IJr;i lulon 
Ciir« ( iilliTtle - 

MttrtltM 

Ope Snorpy. Ore 
I'nnchit A 
Don MHniu-l 
1.oUl» ViiKi|ue/^ 
ICIrby <le Giika 

Ailrlan Uolllni Trio 
Hal i'bnitslor Ore 

Club Hull 

CcorK'* Yniini 
Uru?. I'Mcl' her 

C'<»rnuinil (irove 

Morlnn Dnwnoy 

RUMSf II S\V!( n 

l£nr)i-.MAilri;;uora O 

Kiirl Cnrroll 
Kon Sle\ en.H 
3 l.o\eIy Sis 
3 Nuncli.nlniii)! 
I'td An^uliirdn Ore 
Niraka 
Lnniboril 
.lohnr.y Wundn 
Four llol Sboia 
r.ela Moorp 
SuHan Miller 
Beryl Wjipjice 
Refiinnld (.'laiff 
Igor Si, 'J*:in\ii 
Ai'fhle Uleyor Ore 

rinri*filine fii«nlen 
Doytln J-{ouri|uln 
JijII Roberln Ore 
R & N Inyiuon 
Krenrh Cnitlno 
TIney Peruon 
KdUli WilHon 
Kenny. EdwardH 
Oharlefl Deluiven 
Flo MuHkln 
Pejjgy Dedoll 
Kinff Sc Koucbe 
Dernloe Weldon 
French C'anino Ore 
Omce Hiiyt'M Lmlr^ 
Robert Pinkua 
GrKce Hayeft 
Jerry I.esier 
Peler l.In d H a yes 
Nick "C'o.rhrnii -Ore 
lliiwulliio raratlliia 
Mabel fCenloba 
Pan Kenliiliii 
Sam Kokl Ore 

HwAod Onyi Clob 
Cee Pee Juhnaon O 

Indlffo, <'jir« 
Sid Brown ^ 



.Itlnniy Ell.ird 
Jack KroMi 
Wlinpy Ztjch-r Ore 
Helen. Knlini 

It Cnfe 
Dtana ({ayle 
Lorraine I'eU'ond 
Don Roland Ore 

\.\\ Concu 
Sierri L>una 
1'nul F«:il)iorslon** 
('HrlOR Fernandez 
Kduardo Clmvcr. Or 

MUle Ciitb 
Walter Dyson 
IteM8 ItenoU 
.lade .loni h 
l*aul [vendn.ll 
Grnet Vahner 

MnrcuH l>iil> 
Kay Knlcy Ore" 
Tlie SliindalHy 
Anne I2il\var<l.*« 
Jimmy l.nne Ore 

rtirLs Inn 
tlardy "Warner 
LiOuUe Rao 
VlrBlnlji- 
Poniliilr' 

ilare'rlie & M'rtlue/ 
K(^n Hcin-yi^aii 
Kric Massey 
Henry Monet 
Helen Miller 
Cliuck Henry Ore 

Ronaevelt lintel 
Harry Owenu Ore 

Snrdl'e 
Onndy & Coca 
Gene AuHtlu Ore 

Seven Sens 
Danny Kaanna 
Hi: \vk iJKa \v' 
-Mel PeierNon 
Ltllllan fJibsun 
Al Mclntyre ■ 
G Huah Cjuarlolto 

Ship^y . Maxle*9 
Maxic Rosen bloom 
Sid Tomark & R B 
Jerry Drandow 
Moore & J,eivl.s 
Tommy Reilly Ore 

Somrrnet lloHae 
Charles Healy 
Jack Ou'en.** 
H-vrry Klniirlnni^ 
Paul Parka Ore 

Sport Circle ■ 
Oay Rainy 
Sll Silver Ore 

Swannre Ion 
Kins Colo 3 

TopNy 'd 
3 Ijyon» 

Frederick & Yvonne 
I.eoiia Rlec 
Topsynetlea 
Jan Garber Onr 
Victor Huso 
To m m y M'o n d e r 
Sklnnay tlnnlH Ore 



CHICAGO 



Amhii!«siHlor Holel 
(l*um:> Kootii) 

H McOreery Ore 
Don &. Audrey LeM 

(The Buttory) 

LeMaIro Rhiimba O 
Ball Bull 

Bernle (ireen 
Cot-d GlH 
HHrrls Ore 

Bur o*- MiinIc 

Joe. Lyman 
Leon ('he8N 
Uddy DaiidorJi . 
June Price 
BNrnarck Hotel 
(Wnlnul Knom) 
Hiidicy Gl» 
M & li Whalen 
Art KuHNOl Ore 
I>w lloffntan 
Marlon Holnics 
Black hawk 
Johnny Davia Or:- 
Di)n Pedro ftre 
Billy Owen 
Betty St L Cook 
Talla 

June CJIoiT 
BInckHlone Hotel 
{ilnlliie.s0 Ittn) 

ArJatocrat.i Ore 

Dale 12van:t 

Brovoorl Hotel 
(Cryfital Koom) 

Annette Kennedy 

Jo« Nartiulll 

Gertrude TobIn 

Bob BinioRa 

nrondmojil' 

Lydla Harris 

Karl Moaflinan 

Dot CarlBon GIh 



Art WelH3 Ore 
Herb Rudolphs Ore 

Ciive o' U'iodw 

Bernle Green 
Vlrfflnla du Veil 
Wayne Bros 
Helen du Waviie 
JoHophlne Rino 
Art >Ve!»a Ore 

Celebrity Club 

Marlon. Hiile 
Mary Mar.nhall 
JJolores Green 
(■all Lawrence 
Veachcs 
Mary Earl 
Blondle GIs 

Cliei Puree 

Abo Lyman Ore 
Rose Blnnc 
Jue E J-cwis 
Stnpletons 
Tamara 
Paul liaakon 
Bvanu GIs 

CliliiHtown Bi>tver>- 
Bdna Leonard 
Pepb'y O'N^i 
Mary . iJowern 
Pearl Sander.H 

Ralph Lynn 
Ann Helm 
Eve Kvon 
Shirley LucKie 
Ralph Lyndens Or 

Club itlnhiiin 
Rio & Rita 
Sadie rioor* 
Dee Haven 
Bornle Adier 
Allen Cole 
Paullette La Plerro 
Dnvo Unell Ore 



i>niolIiy Pnle 
Ktl'jie HulU Oro 
<-|ub MInnol 

Mnroello Clfirdiiar 
Kildli* I'oufll 
A)\ ha Miirlln 
I'alay Mac 
Joan Slune 
I'hylliM Nobl« 
Ait )>Nsi-|iei:i Oro 
l>i'l K'lcs' 

Cuhiiiy Club 

CntsM & Dtnin 
l'*iTiwiudn i'unriy Or 
Don Orlando Ore 

C(>lo?4fmoii 

.lark Princo 
N'i'G Itevuo 
lOve Arden 
i'viMIe Darrt 
FriinK Onatretl Ore 
I'mnoph tiln 

Club l»ellHM 
i>orlNe Hradley. 
Jean J'litKlv 
i-hl|>p|e Ulll 
l>lcK Mom joinery 
IMck (k Priheo 
li .IItterbuK*'< 
Ithylhm Willlo 
•t'h..rlr-s Ikoim 
I'ci >?11V Gil) 
Red Saundera Ore 
COnfcrcHM HfltM 
U-lttHN Mttt lUn) 
Johnny Bani^ta C>rc 

(IVncork Km) 
Joe Vera 

<l*omprlliin Rm) 
Irvlny Mari^rad' 
l»mke Hotel 
(Gold CiMiHt KiHim) 
\Va> ne Kln^ Ore 
VirKlnIa Volley 
<;iovannl 
l ici«re & Reiieo 
Kdjcflwnter Bench 
Htflel 
(llrnrh U'nik) 
mil Bardo Ore 
Lorralnn' S|» 
t»ry I'IhcI 
Madino Rsy 
\'iri;;lnin fTti>c:i 
-Kari'iet Sntith Gla 
HVvli V'oolH 

Kiiterliilnerg 
Molll.* Malone 
'(.*ecll Miinnlnt; 
(iracp Muck 
l*c«Ky l.conjird 
Margie I*e 
I. eon J*>arrell Ore 

. HH3 Chib 
Johnny Ilonuert 
I (a I- M DM roe t>ri' 
(.'arr>tll JC- Cenriii;!!) 

Kniitke'll- Cnalno 
Stilly Ayera 
Ih'Hy S^torey 
t'ryKiHl *'ook 
Auiliey Allen 
Mnriyn 'M:iuko 
J'al ParadlHfi 
.1f:0n Talhnt 
JXck Conrud 
.Hob Ti'iMl»-y Ore 

<ialely VIIIhch 

Jimmy Anwa 
Beti.\ Kreilerlckj 
Cllnrlti Itecd 

(•iiy- eo*« 

Vannel to GIs 
Dick UncUIey. 
GliiKer WuCMln 
Sandy Crelchlon 
Boh Oftndcrs Jr Or 

<;ny Viiree 
Ruth Dean 
Mnry Si one 
S> \\ la Tiickftr 
Hwrvey Charle» Or»; 

Ornemere Hotel 
(Glass lluuHH Km) 
Joe Ivetle Ore 
Harold West 

4imnd Ternico 
Earl Hinea On* 
Katherlne Perry 
Norinns 
BefclK*om)>er.H 
Red St Curley 
(Jrnnt Papt* 
Lucille Wllklna 
Leonard Reed 
Jliirry'M New y.iirk 
Ralph Cook 
Jean Mode 
Ltoulse Shannon 
Hank, the Mula 
.1 MoodH 
fill nd re Si Vpri\a 
Mickey Coz'/ies Ore 
Hovrlcr Gla 

Hickory Inn 
J*ancho Villa Ore 
Jfian -St Eddie 
Tc»m (iarvey 

HI Hi«« 

Willie Shor« 
Cua Van 
.Mary Lane 
Kicllow Gla 
Jimmy Cn^^Mld) Ore 
Mona Lcsllo 

Iviinhoo 
KU K'at « 
A I Trai-e Orr 
>loll.v" Swanxiin 
}felen Sumner 
Kay liecKer 

Ko4* Koo Khib 
BJIlv KfMU 
Marie Claire 
Sandra i.ynn 
Jean Bell 
Beth Miller 
Helen Hunt 
l.lta 

Sandra Byrd 
Kay Marcy 
Jean *'ook 
Torchy FaWfo 
f/Alieron 
Mary W Kllpatrlck 
Kuseblo Comiipldl 
Si>yros Stamos 
Ixin Cjutxote 0)-c , 
Ennio Bolofrninl Or 

\. 8t \. Club 
Marcl MnreucI 
Michael Sz Mario 
Eula Thomas 
Owen S)ierldnn 
Avffl Joyce , 
Pad Na gar Ore 

Hotel. r:a Salle 
(llJue Front Koom> 
LUtle J Little Ore 
Dorothy Convers 

Liberty Inn 
Dot Tillman 
RnblnH St Keveli 
Roma 

.Goorffia r.rf>Reau 
JIminle O'Xell 
Ettrl Wiley Ore 

i.lm^liouae 
Van Toffs Ore 
Mtlle Club 
Ollle Buqhle 



M»'lba pMNiiuaj 
J .rta Spi»ni'ef 
Al Johii.H.iO 

MrGrawa 

S*i/i Sanlrey 
Dixie Dee 
Bob Evans 
Jerry 0**l.i'ary 
Ellon Klener 
Andy Frei'Mian 
Chiick Aii.iit-us 
Phil Ci||ii:tj-d 
.lack 'J'ilson 

McljuiKlilln'ii 

T.tVu ReyimIdH 
Stan Udluir Oro. 

MlllHlnneH 

Flo .WhUiiion 
Gcncvh'Vr \'.il 
I'ui.iy 'DnBi-HO 
lt:ki.> <'ulllH 
Muriel .lnHi^pli 
KihiH ItllMy 
Nvrii l.on 
Sha niii 

MtirrNon .Hotel 
(lluHlon Oy^ler 
ll*fUHr) 

Mnnfrrd Gol*helf 
.1 lino Si Clan o 

NamrleHa ' 

Denn Iliirvoy 
-.Irnii Starr 
Kail B;»c,kuM Ore 
I'lildi'o I.edn 
Laurcllii De Htier' 

Nnppn ihirdrhn 

Mickey Dunn 
Jcti II Mnpi'o 
<ilurla I.ynn 
Kelly mil 
Jack Day 
Itltli.t K(i<cji« 
Eddie Sclllith' Ore 
Jeanne M<i(m*i> 
I'M Si>IUni;.-4 Ore 
i:i:i<l.va lliit'dili 
l.cHlci i Sh;( \v 

B;.-!!) <'lnb 
Dick Cell If 
I .iiiiiri Siv\ moor 
UucK'y \):irtWoi*i h 
A nil lluleii 
1 loiin le Si cu'ii rl 
t:i>tti-Ki' SliUliTv 
Ilob .\Vriiy.s lliV: 



Old MelilcllHTir 

OM Heldclber;; ^'i 

Ortel 

l!ri<)iil Knn'iiivv 
' I''|-Illl/. \- Il /, 
Siillv Sh)in*:ii 
C>tviH<4 lltll Dilllea 
Uerblo I »rc 

Paddock i'lnb 
Glndyn JUmuvIIIc 
r<*llccii 
Shirley Kay 
Mollit; Miinni^r 
Nai1.iH 

GeorKi* Det*o:«la 
I .f\y K liiir 
Li'.-* Dc^i'anipf ("^ro 
I'liliiter HiitiHt« 
( Kniplrr Kt»niii) 
I'oinmy D<ir(*cy (.>i'c 
lioh AVIIer 
I. Koycc \-' \'!in\ a 

Nick 1 K, Jr 

A nil n Wity yv 
.liicU |.i>nn:ird 
Ablioii Diinccra 
Phil Doule> Ore 
Jiiliermiin Miilel 
(Celllc <'are) 
iI'MtH l\Ar\\ in Ore 
J ai'u.4 Slit 

<l>imie) 
J-iincH lliiiiiilion 
EiiilMre ltfi.\y 
JTry t:ilddcn 

<l*nn(her KiNlnk) 
Henry Jn luett i mc 
I'onnle llaiitfa 
Frank J'ayii*i 
Wliai-ion Siri 
Bit'^iyie Wiun;|t»a 
I'arl Miiivx 

Kovy 
Rob J.irr.* 

Je.i II Pii\v»»ri 

Koyal Kndico' 
Harr.v Hone 
Ki»e Kalnnw 
M:irk Flnhfr Ore 
The Duff ioH 
Golilen Pair 
IMck (inrdoii - 
FrolU-H GIs 

Sllhoiiclle <'lub 
T^Mi'iy I'-orltcs 
Sulie Harand 
Kulh Joffee 
Joan Baylnr 
J iMii> IJ^in If V 
L.ni'<-f* rowell 
Jiitin Cmdnn 
Joey Conrad Oro 

Sliver llnr 
Ciorda V«un< 
Miiry O'KourKe 
Marue 0".\i'i| 
MlllJe DavlH 
Billle MowHi'd 
Di>l Stone 
Irene Slokcs 

Silver CliMid 
r-u| A J'edro 
(ii'Hcin CoHiello 
Kulh Barne.1- 
JeH:iie KoHellH 
Kny Marlell 
CampUH iWn 
LI la ,Murry 
Ray Sielher On 
Elinor Daniels 
Ha /.el ZuluM 

Silver Frolic 
Harry Ha'-rix 
RnniH Niible 
Lrs Doyle' 
Fay W'lllarc 
Mnrle 'Cosleilo 
flue Club 

nniy f-.ur 

MurK"e( I*uhfi 
('unnic FHnslHV 
.Ma rue 
Sally O'Diiy 
Kny Nfirre 
Carol Lord 
Anlia Jncdbl 
Carrie Flnndle 
.Marion Uoj;ei> 
Ann Valenilof 
Jackson Si Nci> 
Taylor * Allen 
WuniH DurM'i 
Jnn»» \V,»i.d.. 
I^olly Sierlliu- 
S«l Lnke Ore 
Trlpi.ll :; 

Si» Ho 
DIxli* Gay 
Chl'luUa 
RKh 

Jack 5ilHnley 
Ginger McDunald 
Evi lyn Fiir»:uo 
Rudy Carr Ore 

Atevani* Holel 
CCiiQlliientiil RiHim) 
Orirr Wllllama Ore- 
Buddy Marino 



Ellen Svan* 
Al Garbell 
Jean l*ower« 
Adele FlIlpH 
Mlicnon 
Ann I>uhl 
Harry Salx Oro 

Sucle 'Q' 
Hnl l<nrbour 
Yvonne Nova. 
Theliiia ^larlln 
Tcxna Leo 
Jorry Gerard 
Red WIlHon Oro 

Swlnifinnd 
IT Hendei-Hon Oro ■ 
Pops & Lurlo 
Jtutterbenns Sc Suo 
t'oiinle Harris , 
(.'amill Norman 
Ntck BrooKa (;is 
TbnmpHon'a 16 Club 
Kay UevnoJds 
A Sharps oi'c 
Joy Kaleac 
1>eone Pace 
II Gardiner Ols 
Marah Mtciirdy ' 

Tlire^ Dnieen 

Mahy Dodd!* 
fharle« ^IcJIriHc 
Darnell Howard 
IMIIle Hollldny 
Freddie Reed ■ 
Lonnlc JohitKon 
Towrr Inn- 
Inez (lonan 
-Mary Grant 
Fill Decca 
J'Conurd ' 2 
Dob o I^t GIs 
•1 ITa wnllans 
Frank Davis Ore 

Town Club 
.Marh'le Dole 
I'VankId Donia 
Klolr^c Land 
Kathleen Kny 



Hyron * Wlilia 
Joo Nidi t.tre 

SI ciub 

!^am )l:in!4 
Jackie Al|»n 

UelVna''' 
Tussl.. .\ii|,.id.ii 
V CarrhiKi,.,, 

Si:i ( hii, 
An.;, Ii 1.,.^ 
Kniit.y lliiid.inr 
licit Meld„i..|| 
Marsi,. Kidkiii,! 

Villa »lndrrue 
Parljer & Vivdei iek, 
Carlos .Molina, om 
1 oiiy Cii.di <irc 
L.ucl.1 Oariia 

..Vina <:itrilen4 
Adelaide Klil;„rt 
Aniseld l.ippe,-|| 
lllcharfl . Iien-iuf 
.Joe Kltih 1 1, ,. 
ll.aiislvChilsM 
n'ltllrlinritr inn 
, .1 f.oove *--,T,»\va 
Mllly Aleea 
.Mary IMai'li 
ItnsIMiKl M:,|,)da 

'VVIiidnn tinrdent 
Ken l.eali.j 
.lune Hay 
Bel lye .May* 
Dixie I.C.V 
Var 

norisa Wlili h 
.lanliia -l.altiiila. 
Claidli:t . I 'til -t 111 ' 

Ve 4»lile 4Vllnr 

rrlni'eis Iteil Itoek 
Arllne tJwi'MH 
Chi-l ltiilil,.s Or,: 
Jacl;h! HcmI 
Cloria (:i-iiiii.,r< 
Itiis.s llis'id'p * 
l.illinn t.-a 



PHILADELPHLA 



Aacliiirntre 

l.e:' (lareona 
Edna Tliojiipauh 
loliniiy GrafI Ore 
Hcnneo Dlcco 
Knmon £ Luelnda 

Benny the ituni 

Viinderbllis 
Nina Hinds 
l(.>> Frn.soilo Ore 
White Sis 
Mystics 
Jean Lee 
Hazel Scott 
Cary Leon 
Tuft Mace 
Paul Flurenz GIs 
Hal Cummlnes 

CiidlllHc Tavern 

Dot Landy 
l( Adrlenn'^ 
Eildjo Thomax 
Palmer & Furresta 
Llndney Sis 
Klppy Veler. 
'Mnrcella Marchnnd 
Billy Mayes Ore 

\^\ FOMS 

Audrey Joyce 
Edw & Elenore 

Ciife Aliiron'ey 
iTal Pfnff Ore 
Ti'sslo NcLson 
CVduru'ooil Cabin 
(.tinliifcn, N. J.) 

Pfl ProcfrlJI 
Mkkl Nmola> 
lictly Williams 
Friuikle Sciiluth 
Walt Temple Ore 
Club Slorucco 
T.IIMan Fitzgerald 
Harry Holly. M C 
Pen Raymond 
The La Fona 
<*lmr1Ie Cramer 
Mary Little 
Charlie Gaines Ore 

CInb 13 
Ben Alley 
Evelyn Bradley 
Ship. Slap St Slappy 
Janice Rcere 
.Mne Masters 
Leonard'Mann 
Jack Span^ler 
Johnny Younff Ore 

<'lnh l*nrrak«et 
Ruth Morf;an 
Barbara Joan 
Lillian KuNso 
Eddie Miller 
Fran Caswell 
Pen Fay Ore 
Gaylc Arden 

Colletee Inn 
<"IIf Conrad 
Helen Wilson 
Irma. Linn 
Lorraine Chevalier 
ColloKC Inn Ore 
Shaudor St Margie 
Joe Slevena 
Crfmcent Ix>fr Cnbln 
(GlouccHter lights. 

N. J.) 
Penn Raymond 
N'orman Larcey 
Cosmo Si Anita 
Joe Kraft Ore 
Sunny Mason 
Juno Eldrldffo 
OoHcent Cabin 
Myra Karid 
Fanslo & Dnwne 
Warren Counilss 
PelmoDlco'n 
Bill Steele 
Wftlly. Wangcr Git- 
Charley Wllklns 
ItubcrtI Roberts 
Buddy Pafto 
Eddy Morgan Ore 
Uuthln'HKnthHkeller 
Frank PontI 
Wanda Warren ' 
3 Joyette 
Pops St Louis 
Louis .W'llllams 
Irclnff Braslow Ore 
3 Pepperw 
Darlene Jones 
EnibntMT 
.Mildred Feltpn 
Rufs 

FrftnclB Fflrioll 
Ann Hudson 
I''(H-d Crnne 
t'tinKtalne & Barry 
Pat Miller 
Alda Alvarez 
Edith Plllsner 
Louise -Haf:en 
Sidney )>ny 
A lleen Cnnnlntrhn m 
Curt Weller Ore 
Nlkke Mkol 
Virginia Renault 
Kay Keeny 
Rtephnnle Knyder 
Doiolhy Murphy 
Mary WllUaina 
Trudy Martin 
Pedro Blaneo Oi. 



Kverffrerji <'jiln« 

Sunny Un*- . 
Joan -.v.- s 
Belli t'li:iilis 
DoIorcM ' l .iii-Ur.i 
Cordny Tiimi.) 
Barbara .lolinsiHi 
.Mftdei in>|ii>.i - 
Pranctii Allen 
Pat Shevlln Oi\: 
Jean \'a ii 
Mari|> n Winsiun 

Fthelind 't>i I V 
Duriblea Shelby 
filnd.i K(iy 
;i Danciiih' ParNi uia 
ilcrnii-e I'.i^ri^ 
Frances Lenox 
.1 DubA 

Elaine Bl:ifU ' 
Lorene Klntda 
DnlureH .Men iM 
KioKK of Swinij Or 
Pet'Ky McCJoud 

lintel Iken Fmnklhi 

iuirdcii Terrare 
Bernle Cuinmiii<. ijr 
W nlliT rnnitiiiiiTi 
Coniii.t IliirliMii 

(hty BO'n 
Cnrni'tl (-'uopcc 
Jimmy Lniirefiir<l O 

I'iCiel > r.'l> e 

-Blaiielie Saiin>lerf 
Jllni'lieveil I'ca-* 
Betty Kiiii: 
Sklppy W.MIIiiina 
Juanlia JoluiHon 

Oruber'M ilof araii 

Johny Boner 
Mann & Vid.-U 
Nadlne 
Mr-ny:i Alba 
GruhiT Hoi BiMii O 
Mario 

Harris Tnvera 

Alahnnin Ctniiiiia 
)<obb> l>><>ii» 
Grela 1.;iM-tiT 
Betty Tlioma^ 

lilidebrnnd'a 

Leslie sia 

Mat to \- Tlitti-'i^a 

Billy BrIK 

Pete lliiya 

Lydia Wluta 

BInn.Hom (its 

Abe . Sherr 

Maurice BeliiKtiit 

Bobl-v r.re (.>ro 

Hlldebrnnd 2 
llnlel Adelithlii 
(lliiwnlliin KuoO 

Alnhn 

Bob I'n^tola 
Lei Xani 
Lei Knala 
Joe Viirr.t 
A I VIorru 
ChaH Ahln 

•Inek l.vrtcir.« 
<H ^Valloti KrtiiO 
Ted Shapini 
Sophie Tucker 
Vincent l<r/.xi« Oro 
Barney /cotnaii 
Hob Jtnsscll 
Glamour GIs (IS) 
Xr-rb DubroMT 
Sally La marr 
Helen Jteatli 
Efltftlle S: l.eltit/ 
Emily von LoliHifK 
Jfmmy Bialie 
Noll Fontaine On: 
MISH TrJxle 

Jum .ScMslou 
Billy Kreshmer O 
Jhn Thorpe ', 

llotel White iVifr 
(Atcn, N. 4.1 

Sammy Walsun 
Rowlaiids 
Lillian Stewart 
Marlyn Base- 

Jark'a GrllU 
Ruth Wcbh 
Johnny Cahll! 
DuBour S: B'Mioo 
Pepgy Rame.'* 
Joiiephlne Bnylo 
Jeanetle Idler 
Paul Knne 
Gen AKmiller Ore 

Lntlnier Chib 

Tnmmv .Monro;* 
Jerl I''oslcr 
Bnrhnra Dridley- 
(^race Deciiie, \ 
LynwnoU Jtarn*** 
Joseph llJi.M'H .t"''^ 
I.exhiKton Cn**!"". 

Bob. White 
Frankle Ulcjardntn 
Mnry Na' is It.l 
Marie La Tell 
Artie Nelson 
Joyette (Bs 
Paul Rich 
Oimrer L> nn 
Mike Jaffrea- 
Mnreello Trio ' 



Wednesday, November 1, 1939 



VARIETY 



89 



J.fxingion 3 • 
ilube. Julinny & k 
l,oc Doiiitliei-iy Ore 
C'oBtile Contello 
l/ldo Vciili'* 
Warle T.atell ' 
•Mnry WoWon 
Ceorirlanna I*e« 
Julinny Ltary 
jninburee Oro 
Joe sm.vlho 

IJttIc lUthHkcllcr 
naftonf Sis & Gay 
Val Irvlnn. 
2 Stooges 
McDonaUl * Kos» 
Klaino Jordan 
Derby Wllnon 
A Ink Spots 
Victor Hugo Or* 
Uelba 

.^luouA Ion 
Warren Thomas 
Judy Lane. 

Frank Cuneo Oro 
Piannl Rochella 

Dunree ft.ColletU 
Teil Elder 

Kdytli Ualla^Ie 

X>ee Dorep 

>ew l*«<ler Cufe 

Eddio Jarvis Oro 

Jlarry McKay 

I.ona Itarcluy 

Bet»y Dain 
Open UooT 

Leonard CooUs 

S^ldney Ames 

Kiliel Sladcr 

Billy Bei^lt 

Hlorton Bros 

Jllarlo Fltxiia trick 

Kiel & Delmar 

Vaul Lynch 

Frank KcUey Ore 
I>rucocfc CHrtlen* 

fijlvan Herman O 

Ann Reed 

rnlanibo** 

Bonnie Stewart 

Kranchon Davis 

Boss Irivin 

Jerry Dolniar 'Oro 

Joe Smylhe 

Ceo Kayo 

Tiilladrlplilan Room 

Sybil Kaye 
llonocled Amba'dor 
nuthnnia A Malc'ni 
Joe Cook, Jr 
Lee Kuhn Ore 

ruriiki Uerliy 
Tom MoiTOwan 
Billy Burns 
Margie Meair . 
Dolores Dell 
Mary Snyder 
Betty Fitzgerald 
Billy Hughes 
Lynn 

Viola Klolss Ore 
Bnlnbnw Terrace 

(StralTard, Ta.) 
I,eo Zollo Ore 
Mildred Rogers 
Ralph Eastwood 
Red Lion Inn 
Al Strelt Oro 
Jack GrllTIn 
Kdna Smith 
(>ale Lee 
Fr.ink Dymont 
Mystery 

SunHom' llouM 
Richard Bach 
Joe Dougherty 



Al Kilbride 
Jack. ItosH 
duUil> .Nugent 
llendeievouf 
(Hotel Renutor) 
Slim 'jalllard 
Southland llhythin 
• ^li.iB Deal 
Slim Galllard Ore 

; Stamp's Cufe 
Bert Lemlsh Oro 
Murly nolin 
Nancy Lee 
Oraco O'llara 
Almee Organ 
t Golden Liate GIs 

6llver Ijike liiD 

tClenienlon) 
Mickey fr'nmllant Or 
AU<'f. Lucey 
Uernard & Klcb 
KrlkT Sl9 
4 World's Fair GIs 
Tiidell & Jean 
Barbiira Juan 
Marie IIul;: 
George )levd 
I..ce [.amend 
Stephanie & Craig 

Venire .Grille 

Raga Gordon 
Tunya Oarih 
Cnsiinlcra GIs 
'J'heresa 

Geo Murrhettl Ore 
Joe licllly 

Barbara ^ Flo Lane 
Phyllis LaRue 

. VlhliiK CuU 

Johnny Wages 
Margie Bowman 
nick Thumai, Al C 
Jimmy Xnegra Ore 
Dorle' Moore 
Margie Smith 
Wade & Wade 

Wtigon Wheel 
Joe O Shca 
Al Bastlan Oro 

WHrwIcb Ilolrl 

Ray Benson Oro 
Wanda Shiner ■ 
Steve Mat^iews 
Michael Sliarmella 
K(l\v SiiCrunsUl 
Harry Isigler 

Weber's llaif Brao 

(Cunuleo) 
Rudy Itruder 
Jules Klacco Oro 
Gale Sextet 
Vallee ft Doreen 
AmI:i Alvarez 
Len Manning A' M 
Dlgaelano & P 
Jack Moss 
Syll Golden 
KIsle Hnrt 
Tod & Julia 
Ra*.h«'r Kldiiradlans 
I'at Sullivan 

Wilson's 

Joe >1qugh, MC 
•8 Guardsmen 
Marion 

Nlles & Jo-Ann 
Shanon ^ Mein 
Wayne Kennoa 
Ada Itcynolds 
Geo Baliny Oro 
Dashlngton 

Vacht rUi* • 

Jimmy Bailey 
Kitty ilelinl.'ng Ore 



Scaler's 

TonyvBauer Oro 
Genevieve Woods 
Gordon Walters 
Jessie & Viola 
BIng Burdick 
Roma Costello 
Dolores Lamar 
Nancy O'Blen 

;oo Club 
Bobby' Alaynard Or 
4'ab llorvath 
Teddy Cai'ip 

Schwurtl 
Red Ravin Oro 
Hay Wick 
Irene Griggs 
Claudo I'arinenter 
Spn 

Bill Davidson Oro 

Six roliit Thib 
Casper Reda Oro 
Slute Gardens 
Rarl Rlgg Oio' 
Irene Schranlc 
Anita Allen 
Eildia Kulia 
Flo Bell 
Betty I.ane 
Jean Jacqui'S 
Jack & Jill , 

Steuben Inn 
Marty Holt 
A I Gulllckvnn 
Claudlne Hayes 
. Strand Annex 
Simeon Phlllpotf 
Bert Snyder 
Klhurta Jolinfton 
Billle Lamoiit 



Athletio Club 

Hal Munro Oro 
C'het A Marcia 

Bert Flillllp's 

Ethel Seldel 
Don r«dr6 Oro 

Blalx Talm Gulden 
Kddle South Oro 
Cardlnhl Club 

Jay Burt Ore 
ClnUeao dub 

6tan JacobsoQ Ore 
Alagtey GIs 
Johnny l»OKt 
Thelm.a Ward 
l^aurene. Novell 
Klleen Sis 
Barney Starr 
Mata MonterlA 
Zang & Todd 
Andre & Delphlns 

Chei Pares 
Wally Valentine 
Ore > 



Clover CIiTb 
JIng Brynd Oro 
Faye lloberts 
Alary Kaye 
CIcn & Ruth 
2 Coeds 
Rick & Snyder 

Club ForeKt 
Virginia Grey 
Bcrdine Dickson 
>lelen Kaye 
Vera Welsh 
Mickey Goldman 

Club Sladrld 
Cookie Harding Oi 
Arturo & Evelyn 
Edna Enrico 
IJorolhy May* 
Ellon' Kaye 
T/amnrs 
Cleo & Ruth 
/Bally Joyce 

. Club Mllnrankcnn 
Otto RIchter Oro 

CInb Saliurn 
Gordle Bennett Ore 
Club Terrls 

Gordon ' Genneh Ore 
Mona Henderson 
Ethel Warren 
Phil Kestin 
Dale & Dale 
Jean Renard 
June Hurley 
Edith Rae 

Congo Club 
Randolph & B 
Christine MaybO'ry 
Irmn Wagner 
"Vvoiine Droiidivny 
<'rlslaiia Buckner 
Morton Brown 
Leonard Gay Oro 

Cornles Ship 
Myron Stewart Ore 
. Ralph Lewis 

Louis Strenter 
■ Allen Dunn 
. Zasirow & Wells 
Jack Fay* 

Devlnes Ragles 
Stephen Swedish O 
Hob Garrlty Ore 
'".lorla Gale 
Hick & Snyder 

Mamie's Gmtin 
Gus Orbley Oro 



MILWAUXEE 

lintel Rchrnedrr 
(li^miilre Kuoni) 

Jack Denny Oro 
Karl nutnrii's 

Willie Keller Ore 
Iriiia nrahn 

l4ikota'a 
Bobby Stuart 
Jiillianne Desmond 
Billy Lamon.t 
nine Room 3 
Mildred Seeiby 
Bernlce Barns 
Marie Kecky 

Ijirsen'ff 
Ray Meadows Ore 
Ijiht Hound I p 
Jimmy Itaye Oro 
Ken Keck 

l.lHdy'a 
Joy Onsspll 
K)lv'ler Siiimbaugh 
Frances Parker 
LoK Cabin 
Carl Ilcrgiilnn Ore 
- - Mliiml Club ' 
Julia Gerlly 
Wally Kund 
Trudy Do lling 
Helen Everett 
6 Uriiccltcs 
Joe Rio 
Hay .Marten 
Peggy Geary 
Gene Emerald 
Johnny Duvis Ore 

Oasis 
Bert Dalley Oro 
Snooks lliirtiiiun 

Old Heidelberg 

Eddie ^l|iP Ore 
Uonna Lul'aii 
N'onie Morri>><>n 
r.ouls Slrcelcr 
Ilolrl le Roe 
Tommy (JNeal 
rntt:y Miick^ 
Saiitira Lynn 
Ray Van Day 

rurls 

Joe Glim In' Cro 
Kenny Kay 
Little Ray 
I'luhklntinn Mouse 

(Itod Kuoin) 
Marlow Sis 

I'lanlutlon Club 
Bert nalloy Ore 
Mary Webb 
Pl.'intatlon < 
Hrown Lyons 
llunky Brown 
nu>ldy Tenler 
3 Jokers 

RciidezTons 
Dub Mathcson Ore 
Glace Brown 
Itcnilezvoiis 13 
La .N'ore Sis 
Helen Shower 
Evelyn i'arr 
Jel-ry Lynn 
Hilly Lainont 
Reno. 

nirr- niaue Orc 

Vivian Ifottcr 
RuHiy rianivs 

Ann Gregg 

Aljtia Williams 
Helen TIaire 
.)enn Hmiillon 
Romnnn nruwnvill 
I tial Whits 



Sonset Clob 

Eddie Apple Oro 
Tie Tup Tup 
Joey Feldstein Ore 
Ken Leslie 
Chet Boswell 
Thelma Ward 
Harriet Cross 
Martin ft Marvel 
Jay Jaaen 
Jane Mathews 
TotvD - and Coanlrv 
Club 

Benny. SItorch Oro 
Lurry Powell 
Irene Burke 
Helen -Savage 
Jack Farrcll 
Eve Even 
Ray Wencll 
Gail Parker 
Toy's 
Case T..nndi» Orc 
2«tli & North CInb 
Kay Crandell Orc 
WIrih's Futlirlstls 
Bill Schweitzer Ore 
Jack Fexer 
Vallie Jay Oro 
Maureen Ro'^ay 
Rogan & Mann 

WlHconsIn Roof 
Hcrble kay Orc 
M Merrymaker Ore 
Tom- Sheridan 
Cappy Lewis 
Arnold Duprs . 
Maxine Heguetls. 
Lee Lelghton 

Zunker Gardens 
Lyie Stann Oro 



DETBOIT 



Ooflk-Cudlllae Hotel 

(Hook CnNino) 
Joe nines Ore 
Harris & Pierc* 
(Jlotor Itor) 
Eddie Fritz Oro 

ICowcry 
Harriet Rollo 
Morrison '& Rogers 
Craters 
Kay Carroll 
Amos Jacots 
Charley ' Carlisle 
Lenora's Pebs (8) 
Johnny King 
Denny Resh Oro 
Ulue Lantern 
T.ee Walters Orc 
Glamour GIs (C) 
Dick Bauer 
Temple & Marl* 
Kay Carroll 
Gale Reynolds 

Commodore Club 
Paul Roslnl 
Floradoras (6) 
Virginia Gibson 
T,ce Bnrtoll 
Hark Thomas Oro 

Corktown Tavern 
Dirk Havllland 
Rene & Michael 
Alleen Marlow 
Starr & Moxine 
Eddie nratton Oro 

Frontenno 
reell Lee Oro 
Brooks 2 
-Danny Brown 

Club Udo 
Zonette Sis 
Doraino & Ellis 
Texas Rockets 
Ralph Fisher Orc 

Main Street CInb 
Frank Sidney Ore 

Neblolu's 
Dl Giovanni 

Monty- Wysong 

llay Carlin Oro 

Nortliwood Inn 
Fr.inlcle Connors 
Ben Ifoiing 
I'na Cooper 

I.l.<icliernn & Adams 
Jack Campbell Orc 



Oasis 

Lou Cor,<«lnl Ore 
I<a Cardo 
(.'ountcss Ariel 
Ken Couroy 

Palm lleaeb 

Amos Jacobs 
Carr & Randall 
El Cota 
Denverettes (C) 
Don Patilo Oro 

riantatinn 

Win McKlnney Ore 
Geo -Gould 
Ctladifis 

Bill Nightingale 
Charles Bristul 
Kitty Murray 
Plan'tlon Belles (<) 

rowntan 
Sammy DIberi Oro 
I<arry Vincent 
Annette Shields 
Hoffman Sis 
Florenze. 

Rcdford Inn 
Don Miller 
Vocallans 

Club Royal* 
Danny Demctre Ore 
Delia Carroll 
Harden & Huusten 
Chene & Armstrong 
Denn Murphy 
Betty Guyon 
Royal Steppers (E) 

Saks 
nift WInehlll 
Gloria Shayne 
Cocktail GIriK (C) 
Geo Kavanagh Orc 

Snn Ulego 
Mildred Parr 
I^eRoy ft Pals 
Rnvaye ft Margo 
Earl Beaudrie 
Jimmy Stevenson 
Geo Presnell 
Al Alexander Oro 
' Ktntler Hotel 
(Terrace Rotini) 
Xavler Cugat Ore 
Haul ft Eva Reyes 

Wlilllirr Hotel 
(tiold Cup Room) 
Charles Auld Trio 



Hatton'* Clob 

Fred Heikell ' 
Robbie Collins ^ 
Ruth Parker 
Carmen Jameson 
Hotel Allrrton 
George Faderewskl 
Kay Whitney 

Hotel Cleveland 
Everett Hoagland 
Walt Bergen Oro 
Hotel Sterllns 

Marty Lake Ore 
tiayle Gaylord 
Jean Lysle 

Hotel llollendcn 
Sammy Watklns O 
California Varsity S 
Callahan Sis- 
Romany Three , 
Hotel Statler 
Richard Bone Oro 
Frank Paris 
Gloria Blake 

; Jack- * Eddie'* 
Jeanne 'Saboda 



Miss Ohio Unit 
Freda MacRonald 
Ho'nry Hubertlno 
Arlene Rice Oro 

Lindsay'* Sky-Club 
Poison Gardner 
P.lta White 
.Pearl De Luca 

Monaco's Cufe 

Valentino ft SIgrld 
Elaine Manzl 
Barbirln* 

Claude Hoagland O 

Ohio villa 
Freddie Carlon* Or 
Mickey Katz 

Southern Tavern 

Emil Velazeo 
Helen* Gray 

Stanley Club 
George Winter Ore 
Jaekle 'May* 
Jack Elliott 
MItzl Walker 
Patsy Day 



PITTSBUEGH 



MmNEAPOLIS AND ST. PAUL 



Anglesey 

Eddie Lnltue B (t) 
Arlene Gage 
LaVoe ft De Ann* 

- It<itvery 
Sammv Sway Orc 
Florence McGrath 
Gene & Pat Patton 
Ted Hro'wn 
Edith Kaye - 

Cullseuin 
Jack Kane Oro 
Ciimnioilore. 
Ken Davenport Orc 
A. Mnrrny Dancers 

Coronado 
4 Nonchalants Oro 
i-laudo Ellis 
Georgle Ardcn. 

Curly'* 
Oscar Dellmnn Ore 
Jimmy Hegg 
Pearson Bros 
Musical Bchtleys 
Drake ft Slarsche 

. Curds 
Dick Long Orc t8) 

Golden'* 
Jean SartcU 
Gulden Boys Oro 
Happy Hour 
Gordle Bowen Orc 
Mudelyn Joyce 

. I^titinge Pierre 
Sev Olsen Orc 



Magle Oar 

Pa Trester'a Ore 
Hetty LeMar 

Slarlguld 
Oec Hurst's Oro 
Minnesota Terrare 
Lawrence Weik Orc 
Mauno ft Strafford 
Dob Pace 
Jayne Walton 
Jerry Burke 
Marion Wllklns 
A Murray Dancers 
Monte Cuthbert 

Post i'life 
Ted Ryan Orc 

President 
Al 'tt'ehlo Orc 
Tom Allen 
Sheldon Gray 
Joy Dennett 
Tiny Crawford 

Sloppy Jiw's 
Red Maddork Orc 
Dave DeV'ore 

Terrace' Cafe 
Dick Barrle Oro 
Blanche LaBow 
Addle Metcalfe 
Stuart ft I.c* 
Ton-n H Country C 
Hy Ackerman Orc 
Dave Ackerman 
Craig Rule 

Zeplijr 
Bob Warner's O (8) 



Anvliorng* I 
Hughle Morion Orc I 
Maynsi-d Deano 

Arlington l^dg* 
Kler Morrison Orc 

- niilconades 
Phil Cavezza Or* 

Bin Green'* 
Ray Pearl Ore 
Buddy Madison 

Club CarlMe 
Red Mitchell Oro 

Club Carlton 
Nell Brant 
ni-Curmo 
NIta Norman 

Club Petite 

Piccolo Pete Oro 
Nell Buckley 
Flo Parker 
Kaitis ft Ranes.°* 
Daisy, the Horse 
Eddie Morris 
Ilernle Lambert 
Tubby Rives 

Cork and flottl* 
Jack Goodman 
Entertainers Club 
Danny Mason Ore 
Evergreen (iarden* 
George Ba irer Orc 
Jo Succop 
Carol Crane 
4 De Bonalres 
Nancy Nacy 

Harlem Casino 
Sunset Royal Oro 
Detroit Red 
Ralph Brow-n 
Madeline Jones 
carOlyn Williams 
Turner ft Burnelle 
Myrrie Wilson 
Dewey Taylor 
Hotel Henry 
(Silver Grill) 
M Contreras Oro 
Conchlta 

(Gay OO'i.) 
Dorotliy Nesbltt 

Hotel Roosevelt 
Idlers 

Hotel Schrnlry 
How-dy Bauin Oro 
Jean Doaz 
Huzz Aston 
J'oe Dllotto- . 

Hotel Wm Penn 
(Chatterbox) 
Eddy Brandt Ore 
llhvthm Boys 
(Cnnllnentnl Bar) 
Cllliy canzone 



Harry Martin 
^hnny Frifi 
Al DILernIa 

Mew Penn 

Ralph Allen Ore 
Tap Rliythmica 
Gene Navarro 
Leon & Diane 
Caputo 3 
Buddy Gibson 
Joe Morracco 
Bob Llotke 

Nixon Cafe 

Al Marsico Oro 
Bob Carter 
Bob ft Eula 
Marlon Rohrkasle 
Bankoft ft Cannon 
i> Cocktails 
Angelo ni Pnlma 
Johnny Duffy 

Nut Houiie 
Ted Blake Oro 
Boogy-Woogy 
Reggie Dvorak 
Al Mercur 
Jim Buchanan 
Joe Klein - 
Dale Harkness 

Old Shoy Gardens 

Btzl Covato Oro 
Dell Sis 
Ellen Vargo 
Betty Nylander 
Mildred Kennedy 
Bill Douglas 
Dean Snyre 
Dick Smith 

Orchard 

Jimmy Gamble Ore 
Jay Loring 
Chuck Miller 

Pine* 

Nelson Maples Oro 
Ray Catl-/.one 
Billy Rlzzo 

Plaza Cufe 

Jimmy Peyton Ore 
Dew-ey Moon 
Carol Gould 
B ft B Johnson 
Barbarlna. 

Riviera 

Billy Smith Oro 

Sky-Voe 
Fran Elchler Oro 

I'nion Grill 
Art Tagicllo 
Frank Natole 
Mike Sandretto 

Wlllon-B 
Al Fremont Oro 



SYBACnSE 



Avulon 

Shi Garllng 
IJftlie Raymond 
Club Candre 
Hammond ft A 
(iladys Martin 
Gallagher-Nest Ico 
Frances Tea Room 
Frank Wlieaton Orc 
Ray Rux 

Greennlrh Village 

Anton Cotton Orc 
Juno Devoe 
Anita Werner 
Deloi-cs Dean 
Hetty f^p.e 
Violet Shaffer 



Wacky Nolan 
Hotel Onondaga 

Herb Gordon Oro 
Bonnie Blue . 
Royal Jesters (3) 

Hotel Syracuse 

Les Brown Ore 

Lulgl'* 
Maxim ft Odette 
Margie Lane 
RuRo Le Beau 
MIc'key Mann 
Danny Boone 

Prison Inn 
Pete Kite Orc 
Mauri ft Mauri 



CLEVELAND 



Alpine Village 

Otto Thurn Orc 
Miss America,. '39 
Ann Mare 
Margaret Aemmer 
Herman Plrchner 

Avalon 

Hy Barron Oro 
Xormiin Priest 
Kay Carroll 
Marilyn Foster 
'I'helma Todd 

Airway Club 
Troy Singer Orc 
Judy u;ack 
r«lnr Country Clu.i 
Sherdina Walker o 

Ccdiir Gardrni 
Duke Melvln Oro 
Julinny Hudgli)s 
Fabian & Marie 
fxiis Deppe 
Mitzi & Spltzl 
Lillian Young 
Mltzl Mitchell 
riialeau 
Chick Chaiken Orc 



Lillian Barnes 
Arnianda ft Lila 
Ralph Lewis 
4 Queens 

- College Inn 

Norman Drill Ore 
Jean Grayce 
Marie Keen* 
Ite<l Evans 
Lady Esther 
Jerry Mengelsohn 

Freddie's Cufe 

Emma Ore 
Stewart 
Ellssa Marvell 
T,ornettc Sin 
Patsy, Sk'a camei-'-n 

Golden Glow 

Paul SImoneiil On- 
Mary Lou 
Gladyd uelmar ' 
Cainllle 

Gnumiet Club 

E Robinson Ore 
Dunes Boys 
Jules de Vorzon 
Jack Webb 



lATSE Boost 



.Continued from page 2_ 



Football 



By Dick Fishell 

(VfHN Sports Commentator) 



Army — Notre Dame 

The SoI(jiers do not have anything 
like the reserves the Irish can throw 
into the flelti. . There's no punch in 
the West Point attack and there 
should be a difference of two touch- 
downs. 

Fordham — Rice 

The Rice Owls have been a tough- 
lUiik outfit all year. The Rams have 
gdtton the smell of victory and 
they'll continue to stay on the right 
side of the ledger by gaining an edge 
over Rice. 

Cornell — Columbia 

The Cornellians are at the top of 
the class, while Columbia's just shuf- 
fling ^long. Unless it has a severe 
letdown, Cornell romps home with 
this one. 

Penn— Navy 

The sailors have shown no sus- 
tained attack and have proven vul- 



Texas A&M— Arkansas 

Texas ASiMi as it's proven itself 
to be one of the flnest. 

SMU— Texas 
I Here's a close one, but Southern 
Methodist has the sounder system 
and more power. There won't be 
more than one touchdown separate 
ing the two. 

Baylor — Texas CbrlGtian 
The Southwest Conference battle, 
with- neither team being too tough. 
TCU gets the nod because of the 
coaching of Dutch Meyer. 

Stanford — Santa Clara 
Stanford and its double-wing back 
are making no progress, while Santa 
Clara ha^ come along in a hurry and 
is ripe to take the Indians. 

VCLA— Calirornia 
Cal, Is in the doldrums while the 
UCLAS, paced by speed boys, have 



Tony 
Lew 



increase granted to you was given 
only in face of threats, nevertheless 
granting of your increase justifies 
their demands. 

'In the meantime various locals 
belonging to your organization in 
other communities have signed 
agreements continuing their cild 
wage scales, indicating that they 
realize the impossibility of an in- 
crease at this time. Many individual 
members of your local unions have 
admitted to me that they_considered 
increase at this time unfair and im- 
practical. 

'We feel thai all evil consequences 
that at our last conference we point- 
ed out to you, would result from 
granting your demands, have come 
to pass. . . . We appeal to your sense 
of fairness and decency to your in- 
terest in preserving the. jobs jn a go- 
ing industry for the men you rep- 
resent to recede fro/n your demands 
and to voluntarily relinquish in- 
crease heretofore granted you, and 
by so doing to become constructive 
force for preservation of their busi- 
ness rather than the element that 
destroys it. We ask your early con- 
sideration and action.' 



Probable Football Winners 
And Proper Odds 

(November 4) 



By DICK FISHELL 



GAMES 



WINNER 



ODDS 



Army — ^Notre Dame Notre Dame 12-5 

Fordham — Bice Fordham . . . .- 11-5 

Cornell — CoInmbU '..Cornell 3-1 

Penn— Navy Penn 12-5 

Syracuse— Mlchlean State Michigan State ..Even 

Temple— PiU Pitt 12-5 

Yale— Dartmouth Tale 5-8 

Alabama— Kentucky Alabama 12-5 

Georgia Tech — Duke Duke 12-5 

LSU — Tennessee..... Tennessee 11-5 

Michigan— Illinois Michigan 3-1 

Harvard — Princeton Princeton 2-1 

Minnesota— Northwestern Minnesota . .i 2-1 

Ohio State-^Indiana Ohio SUte ..12-5 

Purdue-^Iowa Purdue 9-5 

Texas A&M— Arkansas Texas A&M 12-5 

SMU— Texas SMU 9-5 

Baylor— TCU TCU 7-5 

SUnford— Santa Clara Santa Clara 9-5 

UCLA— California UCLA 2-1 

use— Oregon Staite ^ . . . USC. 3-1 

Oregon-WashlAgion State ..Oregon .... 3-1 



Frank Loesser and Jimmy Mc- 
Hugh doing a song for Eddie 
(Rochester) Anderson ■ in 'Buck 
Benny Rides Again." . 



nerable to an enemy aerial game. 
With Frank Reagan tossing, Penn 
will siiik the Navy. 

Syracuse — Michigan State 

Two of the lower strata mingle 
here. Michigan State doesn't have 
more talent but it does have more 
spark. It's Michigan State. 

Temple— Pitt 

Temple's on its way up while Pitt 
Is standing still. Pitt has plenty to 
atone for and will take it'out on the 
hides of the Owls. 

Tale — Dartmouth 

Dartmouth couldn't score against 
Navy and looked only fair against 
Harvard. The "Vales have beaten 
Columbia and Army and so it looks 
like the big Yale line will upset the 
dope and keep Dartmouth from its 
door. 

Alabama — Kentucky 

This will be quite a dog fight. But 
'Bama must .be given the edge be- 
cause of its tighter defense. 

Georgia Tech — Duke 
Tech is one of the better teams in 
Dixie, btit it hasn't enough to cope 
with Duke's McAfee brothers. 
LCU — Tennessee 
Louisiana's got Ken Kavanaugh. 
But that's all. The Tennessee Vols 
are rated the best in the land. If 
they can stymie the Louisiana pass- 
ing game, there'll be nothing to it. 
Michigan— Illinois 
Michigan, with its Tom Harmon, 
should further prove its right to the 
Big Ten title. 

Harvard— Princeton 
I^arvard's a weak sister and- is still 
two weeks away from a decent 
ground game. Princeton, v/ith . a 
well-balanced attack, should have no 
trouble. 

Minnesota— Northwestern 
Two of the disappointments in the 
midwest. Minnesota, with its sopho- 
mores having a couple under their 
belts, should go. to town. 

Ohio State— Indiana 
The Ohio State Buckeyes discov- 
ered the facts of life against CornelK 
They'll slap down Indiana. 

Purdue — Iowa 
I Iowa has its Kinnick, but Purdue 
. has Brown, Brock and Bylene. Pur^ 
due has the better all-around game 
I and gets the vote. 



been going along In high gear. UCLA 
will break Robinson or Washington 
loose for enough tallies to win. 
use — Oregon state 

Oregon State is nobody's pushover, 
but Southern Cal. is headed Rose 
Bowl way.. It'll continue in that.di- . 
rection by bumping off State. 
Oregon — ^Washington State 

This is all Oregon because Wash- 
ington State has no teeth to bite. 
Oregon should wind up a couple of 
touchdowns in front. 



Great States Routes 
Borders HeHsaTireUInit- 



Chicago, Oct. 31. 

For the first time in years, the 
Balaban & Katz Great States circuit, 
which has been playing occasional, 
top ranking name acts in key cities 
only, has opened Its entire string of. 
cities to a unit, Al Borde's 'Hells- 
aflre' production, with the Benny 
Merpff band and Rex Weber. 

Great States has set the unit in 
.some 10 towns, several of which 
haven't had a stage show in more 
than a year. 



Examine Cantor in Suit 
Over Goldwyn's 'Scandals' 

Examination before trial of Eddie 
Cantor was set by stipulation in 
N. Y. federal court for Nov. 9. Can- 
tor will be examined in connection 
with the $1,000,000 plagiarism ac- 
tion of Mort Eisman, Clara Dellai- 
and Robert Louis Shayon against 
Samuel Goldwyn, Inc.; Goldwyn; 
United Artists' Corp., and ' Cantor, 
The film, involved is 'Roman Scan- 
dals' and the alleged plagiarised 
script is 'Oh, Shah.' 

Cantor will be examined In N. Y. 
on the alleged negotiations between 
himself and Goldwyn, and all facts 
and events he has knowledge of in 
the preparing of the script. 



Harry James and Jack Lawrence 
did a swing version of the Italian 
song, 'Ciribiribin,' to be ' published 
by Paramount Music. Corp. 



/ 



40 



VARIETY 



Wednestlaj, November 1, 1939 



AUDUBON, N. Y. 



LYRIC, INDPLS. 



(Coiiliiuicd from page 37) 
pcisimal conUibutions are his slap- 
liaiipv cokey and dancing, the latter 
briVr :nid etTeclive. With Claire, but 
wiirkin,n solo In this Show, is Nancy 
Ht'iilv. a fair buck dancer. 

Getlin!» lop billihfi, but not top re- 
sult:*.. Is BctlyHutton. who was. 'dis- ^ii, o.^borne stacks up with the 
covered' by Vincent Lopez and built ^^^^ bands to come here re- 

up as 'Americas No. 1 Jitterbug, cenlly bui lack of name value local 



Jiidiaiinpoll.'!, Oct. 27. 
Will O.s-boriif Orcli, £s()ier Kal.s-tu», 
Dick Ropers. James C'opp 3d, tj/iiii 

!. Bcniice Sioiie. Dick ► . -^^ ■ 
Cansori; •/Vdi-ciKiires of Sherlock '"^'"^ 
Holmes' (20t)i>. a.incr. 



Turn calls for them to bat each other 
all over the premi.ses, with a strong 
point being the femme's mucging. 
It's this that prevents the later part 
trorn becoming offensive. She comes 
from the wings with two small fans, 



_ . e,. , ^'i. i alternately shifting their positions 
BiirroKOli.'!. Bcniice Sione. Dic'v i^^. j,,^ ^.^j- j„ g ukeolt on a fan 



Th^l was at the Casa Manana, Broad- 
way, nliery, where liquor played a 
blji" part in warmiiig up audiences to 
an enthusiastic pitch. In a theatre 
it's a dilVerent story. She's just an 
unmusical shouter of jive melodies, 
with the rough-housing of. a couple 
of the musicians looking so affected 
that it's corhpletcly ineffective as a 
launh-gettei-; A bouncing, bawling 
fenime. dres.sed to look like an e.x- 
ag.tterated. wooly-headed doll, be- 
comes very wearing within a 10- 
niliuiic running time. 

This audience, or what there was 
of ii. 'was comoosed chiefly of adults. 
Th>>y weren't hep to the reefer' rou- 
tine- and. despite Claire's milking, 
didn't indicate much pleasure when 
Mi-ss HiiUon. wound up. Scho. 



HIPP, BALTO 



Baltimore, Oct. 29. 
Woody Her.man Orch (14), An- 
drew Sisters (3), Pearl Robins, 
Mary Ann AfcCoU, Fentuiclct and 
Cook.- 'Tlie Doy the Bookies Wept' 
(RKO). 



Ambitious stage layout is doing 
bullish biz. . Heavy on the swing, 
setup, nevertheless, has. sufficient 
versatility and general entertainment 
tv> appeal to average audience. 

In. informal, easy manner, Herman 
lends a hand neatly with his clarinet. 
After a fast opening in which bands- 
men contribute individually to good 
response, mood and tempo change 
with 'Blue Orchids,' okay for con- 
tra.st and effect. . 

Pearl Robins, distinctive toe. tap- 
ster, whacks out a brief session that's 
a solid hand-getter. Sets things right 
for band vocalist Mary Ann McCall, 
who gives out with swingaroo ver- 
sions of 'South of the Border' and 
'Blue Heaven,' both enthusiastically 
received. 

A Dixieland version of 'Woodchop- 
per.<; Ball' by the band turns on some 
hectic jiving which holds with 'Fan 
'Eni' a tricky arrangement that in- 
cludes a vocal by Herman. Brings 
on Fenwick and Cook, knockabout 
hand-balancers. Lads gather laughs 
with funny lifts and stuff on a 
unlcycle, closing strongly with a 
burlesque on Tyrolean dance. I 
' Another brace of band numbers. I 
'Blue Evening' and' 'Old Man Mose.' | 
follows,' the latter including some i 
wild hide beating that's made to or- { 
der for the cats out front. Drummer i 
rounds out an abundance of swing '■ 
ordinarily hard to follow with an ad- \ 
ditlonal, similar effort. 1 
The Andrews Sisters, are spotted 
next. Three-way swing harmonists 
take possession from the teeoff and 
punch out arrangements of 'Jumpin' 
Jive,' 'Beguine,' 'Beer Barrel Polka' 
and 'Well, All Right.' Build to a 



cenlly, 

ly is being fell at the boxoffice. Os 
borne himself makes a pleasing m.c. 
and introduces the acts in an eo.sy 
manner which appeals to the audi- 
ence. Band plays in slide style, ar- 
rangements beine centered on trom- 
bone sccllon. Other sections are 
two pianos, drums, guitar, three 
tnimpels -nd four saxes. 

Band takes over at start with 
swin? tune, followed bv 'Listen to 
Gllsscn.' which gives Osborne oppor- 
tunity to explain unit's style via 
lyrics, and follows with another 
swingaroo. Lynn Burroughs, band's 
femme vocalist, is long on looks, but 
short on .selling ability. She sings 
'fieguine,' with laurels going to orch 
for arrangement rather than to her 
vocal. Dick Carson, local boy who 
won nabe amateur contest, does 
takeoff on Professor Lamberti at 
xylophone, winning big mitt slap>5.: 

Bernlce Stone is only hoofer in 
.show, doing aero dance neatly. Fol- 
lowed by band swinging 'Bolero.' 
James Copp 3d (New Acts) has a 
new'slant on comedy, reciting ultra 
smart ver.se to his own piano ac- 
companiment Osborne confines his 
pop vocalizing to 'South of Border' 
and could do more of the tonsil work 
as far as audience is concerned. 

Dick Ro.gers has trouble getting 
off after his high tenoring of 'Irish 
Eyes,' followed by his well-known 
dialect version of 'JJinah.' He also 
works in some gags with Osborne. 
At show caught he did a pantbmime 
of grade school, high school and col- 
lege boy asking girl for dance as a 
begoff. 

Esther Ralston adds name value on 
the marquee, but isn't so heavy on 
entertainment Opens with a song 
called 'Girl in the Goldfish Bowl,' in 
which she gives a picture of a day 
in the life of a Hollywood star. Fol- 
lows with a monolog. Has pleasing 
personality, but act is a little too 
heavy on drama for band show. 

Orch closes with imitation of other 
orchestras, finishing with an'imores- 
sion of the way a .'..:zz band played 
20 years ago. House had tieuo with 
Builer University homecoming, with 
drum majors and yell leaders on 
stage at' this catching, which . ex- 
tended running time to 71 minutes. 
Biz fair at last show Friday (27). 

Kiley. 



Midway Bcrnle introduces a 
youngster who he says approached 
hun at the last- day of his stand at 
the World's Fair and conned him 
for a singing job here. She can 
only work nights as school prevents 
doing matinees. Kid gets over . sol- 
idly and in nice voice on "Mr. Paga- 
riini' and an encore. Works easy, 
too. 

Band finishes with a couple of hot 
number.s, one of which features the 
drummer. It's a good finale. 

Biz good last show opening 
(Thursday). ~ 



day 



PALACE, CLEVE. 



New Acts 



FLATBUSH, B'KLYN 



Bc»i Bernie Orch. (18), lo'ith Don- 
old Saxon. Bailey Sisters, Col. Manny 
Prager: SiTU'lair TuriTis, Bud Hughes, I 
Ames & Arno; 'Undercover Doctor' 
(Mono). 



Cleveland, Oct. 28. 
Dend End Kids, Sam iSchlepper- 
man) Heam, Six Grays, Gene Shel- 
don, Sybil Bovian, Variety Gambols, 
'Blncfcniail' (WB). 

Four Dead End kids are not only 
knocking the Palace's settings galley- 
west but also approaching the 
house's matinee attendance records. 
Although top act; is mainly a moppet 
draw, entire bill has enough well- 
balanced, punchy variety to satisfy 
majority of clientele. 

Dirty-faced angels, in stage bow 
here, sock the moment they come 
tearing out in an underworld trav- 
esty. Best received is their tough- 
guy argot and roughhouse clowning 
against ^ backfence drop, followed 
by their reformation in the army to 
escape a pinch. 

Their ten-twent-thirt burlesque is 
undiluted corn-belt stuff - that could 
be better, but it's hokcd up to the 
gallery limit for okay laughs by 
Huntz Hall, Bernard Punsley, Gabe 
Dell and Leo Gorcey. Latter's inso- 
lent humor and slapstick is C'jiective 
enough to demoralize half of young- 
sters in audience. Sam (Schlepper- 
man) Hearn tightens up wild action 
with good travesty on a recruiting 
sergeant. 

Breezy pace is held up by Six 
Grays In some lively- precision abro- 
batic tapping. Gene Sheldon's .an 
excellent warmer-uoper with elo- 
quent mugging a la Harpo Marx, 
collecting steady pantomime laughs, 
even On his banjo' bit 

It's Svbil. Bowan's initial appear- 
ance here in several years and she 
is -also surefire. Mimic works her- 
self into a lather with breathless im- 
oersonations of everyliiody, from a 
Swedish opera star to a riooing 
takeofT on. Aimee Semple McPher- 
son. 'Variety Gambols, team of four 
boys and trio of eirls. add sorne 
snaonv tumbling to the closfir. 
Biz terrific- Putlen. 



DICK rOWKIX 

Song.s . 
19 Mins. 

Paramount, N. Y. 

Although this is his first stage ap- 
pearance in several seasons, Dick 
Powell hasn't let his knack of han- 
dling a live audience .get rusty dur-; 
ing his stay in Hollywood. He has 
a forthright and warm personality, 
he works hard, can sell a number 
and injects a touch of comedy here, 
and there. It's a sock act for vaud- 
fllmers, far above usual for picture 
personals. 

Powell hasn't changed hi.s turn 
much. since his last time on Broad- 
way, or for that matter since his 
start as an m.e. In Pittsburgh pres- 
entation houses. He still runs out, 
jumps right into his song and keeps 
the pace lively while he's onstage. 
He now does a punchy recitative 
number about acting as an unrec- 
ognized guide to a Hollywood visitor, 
then plays briefly on the sax and 
trumpet 

While Powell may have suffered 
by the cadet and midshipmen parts 
Warners handed hiin so persistently, 
the medley he sings in his present 
act demonstrates that he at least was 
blessed with an extraordinary num- 
ber of hit songs in his film musicals. 
On the theory that a performer is 
at the mercy of his material, Powell 
would seem . to . have been helped 
plenty bv his com|>o.scrs in his pa- 
rade of Warner tuneis.. Hobe. 



COL. WILBUR 
Marksman 
7 MIns.; Two 
Tower, Kansas City 

Billed as above, Wilbur Slinkcr ha.s 
been sharpshooting at f;^ir.s and parks 
in this area, and ISitely developed a 
'strip tease by gunfire,' wherein he 
clips the gown from a live model 
with gunfire. He has offered as much 
as 30 minutes, but for his theatre 
debut at the Tower a good deal of 
close-firing is crowded into seven 
minutes. 

Opens by shattering .some target 
wafers, clipping the string from a 
swinging weight, splitting a bullet on 
a knife blade and firing through the 
hole in a phonograph record. Then 
brings on his partner, Juanita Kirby, 
to clip chalk sticks and lollipops 
from her mouth and presents a Anal 
flash by sniping shoulder clips which 
release her gown. For purposes of 
the stage here, it's called shooting 
the dress from a .beautiful girl in 
contrast to the strip tease angle of 
fairs. 

Stinker is one-armed, handling 
rifle and pistol with his left hand. 
Besides he is a- partial cripple, which 
limits his stage mobility, perhaps the 
more emphasizing his sharpshooting 
skill- It's a good novelty, though in 
need of stage polish. Quiii. 



JAMES COFP III 
Comedy-Piitno 
10 MIns.; One 
Lyric, Indpls. 

James Copp III is a colluglute 
Dwight Fiske, mixed with lyrics a la 
Ogden Nash, A former student at 
the University of California, he was 
playing night clubs when picked up 
by Will Osborne and signed to ap. 
pear with his orch. .(^opp sings his 
own lyrics to fancy self-piano accom- 
paniment. 

He is tall and gangling 'and wcar.s 
an out-of-press suit, which, added to 
a frontal hair cut and a pale com- 
plexion, sets him in the comedy 
groove before he gives out. At show 
caught he did three numbers, the 
first a burlesque based on tooth- 
paste ads, a modern version of 'Little 
Red Riding Hood,' and a very clever 
poem inspired by a women's bridge 
game. 

His material U new and clean, 
which okays him for family fare, and 
his piano interludes are plenty skill- 
fut Kilty 



LANE BROS. (S) 
Acrobatic Danclnr 
9 Mins. 

Paramount, N. Y. 

Male pair have worked In vari- 
ous turns for years,, but teamed only 
about a year ago, since when they've 
toured with a unit under the name 
of Lane and Lane. Boys pack an 
amazing .amout of skill and excite- 
ment into, their act, and it's a sure 
click in any vaude or nitery spot. 
A less high-powered team \ypuld 
spread .so much entertainment' 'over 
about twice the running time, but 
the Lane Bros, work deftly and fast 
to keep the interest at rhaximum. 

Opening ■with a fast tap, they 
quickly inject a flock of acrobatic 
stuff with plenty of comedy, then 
shed their coats in a novel stunt and 
f.o into the meat of the turn, which 
is an assortment of seemingly im- 
possible rope-skipping tricks singly 
and In unison. Close with a smash. 

Kobe. 



Hour of solid entertainment is on 
lap here this week, with Ben Ber- 

be.?off which had stub-holders at | "LLr^fl'^^^/^.f^Z^nV tr« 
shrtu, Pa.,9hi vPllourmp for mnre neccssary requirement Us neatly 

backed by the Bernie band, a young 



show caught yellowing for more, 

BUT7ll. 



STATE, HARTFORD 

Hartford, Oct. 30. 
Ted Weents Orch, Perry Conio, 
Red Ingle, Elmo Tanner, Oniiond 
Doi(<n-s, Marvel' Maxiuell, Lou Holt;, 
Frances Faye, San Kajilan's House 
O'rcli; 'Mutiny in the Big Home' 



crew that has come along fast and 
shouldn't be underestimated as 
either a dance or show outfit. 
Bernle's relaxed and comical method 
of introing the turns and directing 
the outfit gets to the customers and 
fills in every small lull. 

(]ietting the show away with a 
hard driven, brassy arrangement of 
'Pagan Love Song,' Bernie follows by 
pulling a glee cliib composed of 11 
Co unting on name v alHi'of ^WTeems I"^". And . .th e B ail p y-.^isters- douyalZlxiie^isIJh^BlatTsh"' plane base 
S°Ho;?l''"oj;ir"'J/n,;?.2J„o^^^^^ ^Saxon ^ony^mounaged behind the western 



and Holtz, house managerncnt has 
gone light on stage fare this week. 
Result is a' sketchy layout that's re- 
flected at the b.o. 

Weems crew gives out with pleas- 
ing sweet and swing, opening with a 
blues number into which drummer 
Ormond Downs injects heavy tom 
torn beating that's clicko< Next is 
Marvel Maxwell, band's vocalist who 
gets by with 'Gaily Star,' 'Dipsy 
Doodle and 'Big Boy Blue.' . 

Elmo Tanner, of the band, is next 
for a strong hand with some 
whistling. Red Ingle, also of the 
orch, provides some comedy with his 
hoke fiddling and impersonation of 
Ted Lewis. Both return in the finale 



EMBASSY, N. Y. 

(NEWSREELS) 

Football and Eurooe's war again 
take this week's spotlight. The few 
additional clips, outside of these two 
fields are minor and possess lesser 
interest Just what newsreels from 
the war zone mean to the boxoffce 
is attested to by standees up until 
the 10 o'clock show Thursday (26) 
night Its the big topic and all five 
reel companies have recognized this 
by filling their releases with maxi- 
riium of war material. 

There's little action material avail- 
able from the battlefront but the 
riewsreelers have successfully Icnsed 
what there was. All five rcelers 
contribute about equally. 



1 



one sour note in the proceedings, the 
arrangement for the backgrounding 
choir contrasting unevenly with 
Saxon's vocaling. From there on, 
however, everything clicks. 

Saxon, the Bailey Sisters and Col. 
Manny Prager are part of Bernie's 
group. Beside the_ opening 'Stair- 
way.' Saxon works later in a band 
inedlev. doing 'Over the Rainbow' 
and 'South of the Border.'. Each is 
well done, the singer displaying a 
voice of good power arid fair range 
and flexibility. Bailey Sisters tee 
off on an arrangement of 'Jumpin' 
Jive' that's too close to the Andrews 
Sisters' version, and follow later, 
with .a.jieaLjob. on 'Go Fly a Kite.' 



for a band nqveIty,.'The Martins and ' 

the Coys,' a hinbilly -bit -in which- a-' „ - ■ , , - , ,. . - 
screen is let down and a film of some ' f^ir look good, being^ neatly cos 
feudln' mountaineers run off. In one , '"'"cd- Prager. sax player -m the 
corner, Ingle and Tanner are yellow- ' ^^ew, clicks with a medley of tunes, 
lighted, the former fiddling and the I <^aPPed by a stew number and 'Rag- 

' latter vocalizing in hillbilly fashion. ' ^'"le Cowboy Joe.' 
They register big. Perry Como is Slnclau- Twins, femme tapsters, are 
the band's tenor and he also goes • l*'^ '>''st the outside turns, work- 
over nicely. ■ Ing just ahead of Prager. Their stuff 
Holtz makes a mistake in spieling hespeaks long hours of rehearsal to 
his off-color gags here since this is i attain the unison perfection they 
a family house. Comedian also sings achieve. They tap clearly and as 
a coujjle of parodies that should be though they were linked together, 
cleaned up for this house. Otherwise , with their. imaginative routines tak- 

'he's Showmanly and a fine enter- mg 'em fuHher out of a simple tap- 
tainer with his dialectics. ., act . category. They're becomingly 

Holtz intcpes Frances Faye, who costumed, too. 
claims authbrship of 'Well, All I Bud Hughes starts with a . few 
Right.' Gal slams a mean piano and ,maglco tricks. iknotted handkerchiefs, 
her screaming-shrieking vocalizing : etc.. then brings on his two. trained 

'goes over mostly with the ji vers. ' pups. Dogs do stands on Hughes' 
She's particularly in the groove with hands and go through varied other 
'Well, All Right I tricks. Each of the canines uses its 

Weems handles the reins well and tail to help iU balance, thus drawing 
has on hand many fave tunes. First | laiughs. 

half of the show is devoted to the | Anie's and Arno waste no time gel- 
band and its specialists. Latter half- ting into their knockabout stuff and 
to Hollz-Faye, Eck. | click solidly from start to finish. 



front lines, troop transports. French 
battle wagons in practice drills, shots 
of the Siegfried line, staged episode 
of French police dogs helping at the 
front hurried manufacture of shells 
in England, marching British troops 
'somewhere in France.' dama.ge done 
to Netherlands' gunboat after en- 
countering a rrilne. Franco at a festi- 
val in Spain. Belgians launching a 
uew battleship, troops readying de- 
fenses in the Alps. 

Movietone has shots taken by an 
amateur cameraman (aboard the 
S-S. Harding) of the actual sinking 
of a French oil tanker by a U-boat- 
Same reel has dramatic pictures of 
high seas encountered by the boat 
and heavy toll of injured caused by 
the storm. Paramount headlines 
with scenes of the British destroyer 
blockade in operation in the North 
Sea. following views of the fleet 
dropping depth bombs for suspected 
German submarines. British Par 
newsrcel crews are seen going off to 
the front and then stressing the lack 
of activity thus far on the battle 
lines. Photographers include views 
of a stage presentation offered the 
soldiers. 

Movietone 'flashes from the front' 
include- pictures of the Duke of 
Windsor serving as liaison officer and 
French President Albert Lebrun. 
Universal dusts off the pictures of 
City of. Flint, done when it rescued 
Athenia survvors, to mention the re- 
CGint detention of the ship and crew 
in Russia after being captured by 
Nazis. U also handles young fascist 
troops being promoted in presence of 
Mussolini. Grover-'Whalcn also is 
reeled- as he visited Italy and that 
country's projected 1940 World's Fair. 
'Earl Browder's arrest is. nicely 



CONNIE HAINES 

Soncs 

9 Mins. 

Show Bar, Forest Hills, N. Y. 

This diminutive .songstress, who 
leans to the jitterbug side, formerly 
warbled with Harry James' ork. 
Here she works with the house band' 
(Bobby Day, when caught). She's a 
'tccn-age brunet with pleasing face 
and figure, which is well displayed 
in demure gowns; 

Opener is 'Especially for You.' 
with personality delivery In a mid- 
range voice of nice quality. This is 
followed by 'Little Brown Jug' 
(modern swing verision), which in- 
cludes a bit of passe pecking. 
Winder-upper . is 'Jumpin' Jive' in 
sock swing tempo. 

Miss Haines works with ea-se and 
assurance. She's a bet for a name 
band, with judicious choice of ditties 
to fit her vocal abilities. Gtlb. 



MICKEY and MARION FORD 

Dances 

12 Mins. 

Show Bar. Forest Hills, N. Y. 

Fast tapping in unison is the basi.s 
of this duo's appeal. Both member.s 
are youthful neat workers and their 
routines arc tapped out with steadi- 
ness and precision. 

Gal. wears evening dres.ses becom- 
ingly and dances are set to unusual 
nu.mt>ers, such as Rubenstein'.s- 'Mel- 
ody in F.' Terpiiig itself follows 
standard patterns, but pleases on' 
execution and showmanship. 

Boy doubles here as enicee. han- 
dling gags fairly well, but .verbosity 
retards the otherwi.se fast tempo of 
the act, which is well rcceived. 

Gilb. 



VERA VERNE 

Dancer 

!> Mins. 

Hotel Blltmore. N. Y. 

Vera Verne is one of the dance 
specialists in the new George Abbott 
musical, "Too' Many Girls' — although 
you try and find her in it — bul she's 
certainly no nondescript on a cafe 
floor. A charming blonde looker, 
she does two standard tcrp routines, 
but gets above-par attention on her 
flash and front One is an acrobatic 
routine and the other a precision 
number, also in the gymnastic idiom 
to 'Tea for Two.' 

Miss Verne Is attractively gowned. 
She can hold do.wn a cafe floor 
groove to' advantage, and the classier 
the environment the bettor. Abel. 



treated by Par, which also covers 
Eleanor Roosevelt and Mrs. Herbert 
Hoover at a Girl Scout rally. Re- 
maining straight news is mighty 
humdrum. 

The gridiron clashes come through 
to round out the bill. There are 
enough startling runs and plays in 
Movietone's coverage of the Ten- 
nessee-Alabama clash won by for- 
mer, 21-0 to justify the wish that 
more had been left in the reel. Deft 
cameraing of the longest dash in the 
game, Butler's 58-yavd race for a 
touchdown, is followed by other neat 
action stuft'. News of Day's closeups 
make N: Y. U.'s upset of Carnegie 
Tech vivid, with the photographer 
right on top of many crucial plays. 

Par goes to town, with its weekly 
treatment of professional football, 
covering the Chi Bears-N. Y. Giants 
clash at the Polo Ground on Oct 22, 
when nearly 60;000 saw the Giants 
\fin, 16-13. Besides dressing room 
scenes, shots of excited players and 
coaches on the bench, the lens- 
grinders caught the payoff plays of 
the contest— the early 43-yard field 
goal by the GianU' Ward Cuff, first 
of three he booted in the game; 
the visitors' only touchdown and 
the subsequent field • goals. The 
touchdown plays of the Giants are 
given excellent reelings. Same is 
true of the two sensational passes by 
Luckman, one of which went for a 
touchdown, the other leading quickly 
to the second six points by the 
Bears, Alert cameraman even 



grabbed that tus.sle when a Giant 
end caught the second payolf Luck- 
man pa.ss a'nd then had the ball 
stolen from him by a Bear. Lew 
Lehr is at his funniest in describing 
an all-girl football game in Colorado. 

'To the Windward' (U) and 'Birlh- 
placcs of Icebergs' (20th) also are on 
the program. 

March of Time 
■ How the war threatens to add new 
problems to the already over-bur- 
dened U. S. farmer is brought up to 
date i'n this ' latest " March" «t~Ti me 
issue, titled 'Uncle Sam, the Farmer.' 
This ordinarily prosaic topic has 
been handled with keen insight. 

Department of Agriculture is shpwn 
exerting every effort to bring relief 
to the farmer and at the same time 
preserve, and improve billions of 
acres. Short depicts the operation of 
the ever-normal grunury plan de- 
sign to protect the '. farmer from 
ruinou'sly low prices. This setup has 
helped boost the national farm in- 
come by stabilizing supply of pro- 
duce. 

Developments after the World 
War, when there was excessive 
planting in an attempt to cash In on 
higher foodstuff prices, are vividly 
illustrated as well, as the aftermath 
of dust storms and floods. Reel poses 
the. question: will the same experi- 
ence result from the present Euro- 
pean conflict? It . depicts scenes 
which lead one to think the trend 
already is towards a repetition. 

Wear. 



Wednesday, November 1, 1939 



LEGITIMATE 



VARIETY 



41 



Various Factors Block 'One Big 
Union Theory, Especially Equity; 
Interchangeability Also Unsolved 



Ever since Equity started cutting 
itself lip, resulting In the formation 
of tlie Screen Actors Guild for pic- 
ture player organization and tiie 
American Federation of .Hadio Art- 
ists for radio, sucli procedure has 
been questioned. It is the formation 
of those two unions in particular 
that has stymied the plan for 'one 
big union,' in addition to which 
Equity is against such a merger for 
vnricd reasons. 

Recently reported that the active 
ndiliates. of the Associated Actors 
nnd Artistes of America, except 
Equity, would move into Broadway 
offices, with a central switchboard 
and other services combined, but 
that idea has been shelved. Decided 
that the economies in operation 
which might result would not bal- 
ance the possible diminution or loss 
of each union's identity. Only one 
to change quarters is the American 
Guild of Variety Artists, which Mon- 
day (30) moved into the, same build- 
ing oh 45th street as quartering 
AFRA. 

Four A's officials have been striv- 
ing to solve the riddle of the inter- 
changeability of. membership cards 
without success. Matters pertaining 
to the jurisdictions, several of which 
are interlocking, have been mulled 
over, but not solved either. Those 
who have studied and discussed the 
manifold angles admit they are un- 
able to work out the puzzle.. 
Specialist Wanted 

An expert or specialist at reor- 
ganization who could clarify the sit- 
uation would be welcomed. Conced- 
ing that they cannot work QUt the 
problems themselves, the Four A's 
leaders are now trying to And the 
answer from outside sources, but are 
skeptical that the solution will 
eventuate even if such a specialist 
is obtained. Situation is not new in 
union labor ranks, there being a 
mix-up between the branches of the 
building trades that has been going 
on for many years, with no solution 
in sight. 

One move considered was to. 
change incorporated Four A's affil- 
iates into vohmtary associations, such 
OS Equity, but during discussions 
over such a procedure the possibility 
of ritiking the progre.ss of those 
unions was recognized. SAG, one of 
the incorporated unions, has a con- 
tract with Hollywood studios for 10 
years and the agreement might be 
voided if its operating plan ware up- 
set. Another is AFRA and it is fig- 
ured that, if merged, all the contracts 
it obtained as it rapidly developed 
miyht be scrapped. That part of the 
plan was expected to solve the legal 
barrier, which does not permit an 
incorporated body to be fused with 
a voluntary organization.. 

While those working on the 'one- 
union' idea haven't gotten to first 
baie because of what may be re- 
garded as theoretical problems, what 
to do with the treasuries of those 
affiliations which have surpluses has 
not even been touched on. Equity 
has the biggest reserve in the Four 
A's, Chorus Equity and SAG are okay 
financially too. but the newer unions, 
AFRA and AGVA are in hock to the 
three which have assets. The money 
owed i.s that advanced for the pur- 
poses of organization. 

The 'one big union' may be formed 
eventually, but for the present it 
looks cold. It is certain that Equity 
will not sacrifice its headquarters 
property unless some development 
makes it advantageous. In.the .rnean- 
time, the various memberships will 
be forced to follow the rules until 
interchangeability of cards is finally 
worked out. 



Gniid Scouts Plays 



Theresa Helburn and Lawrence 
Langner, directors of the Theatre 
Guild, and Warren P. Munsell, gen- 
eral manager;, go to Toronto this 
weekend to see the two Shaw plays, 
'Geneva' and 'Charles the First,' be- 
ing presented by the Colbourne- 
Jones company; Figure on stopping 
off in Boston next Monday or Tues- 
day (6-7) to see Paul Osborne's 
'Mornings at Seven,' which Dwight 
Wiman is producing. The Guild may 
sponsor it as a New York subscrip- 
tion offering. 

Although the Guild hasn't pro- 
duced Shaw's last few works, the 
organization previously did all his 
plays in the U. S. and still has first 
refusal of his writings. Colbourne- 
Jones are presenting 'Geneva' and 
'Charles' in Canada as Government- 
sponsored propaganda, but if the di- 
rectors consider them suitable for 
the U. S., the Guild would do them 
here. 



Traffic Jam On 
Musical Shows 
May Ease Up 



Switches in Broadway bookings 
may solve the problem of tenanting 
the musicals now in sight. Princi- 
pal jam appears to be over 'Du- 
barry Was a Lady,' for which the 
Shuberts gave a contract to B. G. 
De Sylva. Neither of the two the- 
atres mentioned (Shubcrt and Im- 
perial) appears to be a possibility, 
although the De Sylva musical is not 
slated in until early next month. 

'Nice Goin.' ' the Laurence 
Schwab musical, is booked into the 
46th Street, where the manager, 
mostly with Frank Mandel, scored 
his top successes. While the show- 
man, is known to be partial to that 
theatre, it was reported he. may 
place 'Goin' ' into the Belasco, which 
the Shuberts are booking. If the 
show plays there it will have a $4.40 
top. Belasco had one musical suc- 
cess, 'Hit the Deck.' 

Deal by the Shuberts to book the 
44th Street is cold. Boris Said, who 
operates that house and • the St. 
James, asked for a guarantee, but 
no dice. Latter house is alco de- 
.signed for musicals, but relights this 
week with a straight play, 'Sum- 
mer Night.' Said has booked Mau- 
rice Evans with the full length 
'Hamlet' into the 44th Street. Re- 
peat date is for five weeks start- 
ing Dec. 5. 

Warners' Hollywood reverts to le- 
git next week when 'Scandals' moves 
in from . the Alvin. One of the 
Shubcrt deals may bring back the 
Broadway to stage shows. 



Abbott Mulls Road 

Co. of CUck 'Girls' 



25G Suit vs. Kirkiand 
On Floradora Sextette 



Suit of April Productions, "Inc., 
against Jack Kirkiand for $25,000 was 
.revealed Friday (27) in the N. Y. 
supreme court by an application to 
examine Kirkiand before trial. 

Suit claims the unauthorized use 
of the Floradora Sextette from 
'Floradora' in 'I Must Love Someone,' 
which Kirkiand produced on Broad- 
way last winter. Kirkiand has en- 
tered a general denial, but admits 
the use of the plaintiff's material. 



Following the strong press and 
excellent business drawn by 'Too 
Many Girls,' Imperial, N. Y., the 
George Abbott office is considering 
sending another company of the 
musical to the road before the .sea- 
son is far advanced. Stated that it Is 
just an idea at present. Show has 
no names, which makes its indicated 
success the more unusual, and ho 
unusual player strength would be 
required for a road show. 

Fabrication of a major musical for 
touring has not been attempted for 
a number of years. Matter of 
financing a road 'Girls' would not be 
a problem if the Warners are back- 
ing the original, as reported. ' 

Mildred Fenton Back 

Mildred Fenlon returned to the 
cast of 'Leave It to Me' Monday 
(30) night, at the opening in Wash- 
ington of the third week of the 
show's current road tour. She re- 
placed Evelyn Wyckoff. 

Miss Fenton last seascjn In New 
York succeeded Mary Martin. 



Not A Bad Chisel 



An Associated Press editor 
approached the boxoffice of the 
Ambassador, N. Y., last week 
and asked for passes, explaining 
press agent Joe Flynh was to 
have left them for him. Treas- 
urer called through the doorway 
to Eddie Scanlon, house man- 
ager: 'There's an A.P. man who 
says Flynn was to leave him 
passes.' 

'What's that guy Flynn doing 
now,' Scanlon cracked, 'grafting 
groceries?' 



Stooges Quit 'Scandals'; 
Show's Scale Dropping 
To $3 In House Switch 



Three . Stooges are out of George 
White's 'Scandals,' . which moves 
frorn the Alvin, N:Y., to Warners 
Hollywood theatre next Monday (6). 
When the comics signed up with the 
show it was stipulated that they 
have the privilege to withdraw at 
the end of October because of a 
(ibast studio commitment; They left 
the show Saturday night (28). 
Stooges' bits in the sketches have 
been reassigned, mostly to Willie and 
Eugene Howard and Ben Blue. 

The Stooges (Howard. Fine and 
Howard) may return to .the cast in a 
month or so, after doing eeyeral 
shorts for Columbia. 

Upon removal, the scale for 'Scan- 
dals' will be dropped to $3.30 top. 
White claims that because of the 
added capacity of the Hollywood the 
show can gross more than at the 
Alvin, where the top is $4.40. In 
the new spot the original Holly.\wood 
name will be retained and the direet 
Broadway entrance used. Last sea- 
son the Warners installed another 
entrance around the corner and 
called the house the 51st Street for 
legit usage. Plan to use the long 
Broadway lobby for a store has 
been dropped. 

Engagement of 'Scandals at the 
Alvin has been turbulent, with a 
number of backstage skirmishes re- 
ported, particularly between girl 
members of the outfit At least one 
of the latter encounters got into the 
dailies and the producer held up his 
end by getting into a socking match 
at the Stork club. 

'Very Warm for May' is slated for 
the Alvin Nov. 15. Hassard Short 
was called in last week for some re- 
staging during the Washington date. 
New Max Gordon musical is sup- 
posed to have a cast of 28, but no 
chorus line. However, dances were 
staged by Albertina Rasch,, who is 
reported to have planed in from the 
Coast to re-direct that department. 



Bolm's New Ballet 

Hollywood, Oct. 31. 

Adolph Bolm is en route east to 
organize a new ballet with Michel 
Fokine and Mikhail Mordkin. 

Outfit opens in New York early 
January and then goes on tour. 



Uncertainty of Ticket Code Brings 
On Gypping; La Guardia Ribs Mgrs. 
And Brokers on lousy Shows 



54 Days to Xnias 

'Philadelphia Story,' Philip Bar- 
ry's comedy at the Shubert, N. Y., 
will lay off the week of Dec. 18 
and through Christmas Day,, re- 
lighting Tuesday, Dec. .26. Action 
has been virtually decided by the 
Tlieatre Guild, in response to re- 
quests from the cast. Show has 
played continuously since last Feb- 
ruary without any missed perform- 
ances. Players 'want a short va- 
cation and the management figures 
a brief layoff will tend to retain 
the performance's edge. 

Katharine Hepburn, the featured 
lead, will spend the vacation at her 
parents' home in Hartford, Conn. 
Shirley Booth will fly to Hollywood 
to visit her husband, Ed Gardner, 
radio director. Others in the com- 
pany have various plans. 

Shuberts Extend 
nidcal Plans; 
Casting 'Cirass' 



One of the new musicals on the 
Shubert production schedule is 'Keep 
Off the Grass,' which is being as- 
sembled by Harry Kaufman. Sid 
Silvers has been engaged to deliver 
the skits and is slated for the cast. 
Jimmy Durante is a possibility as 
the top player. 'Peanuts' Bohn, of 
the stock burlesque at the Gaiety, 
N. Y., is also among those engaged 
for 'Grass,' which is due to have a 
score from Jimmy McHugh. 

Jack Curtis, who has recently be- 
come active again as an agent, set 
a number of people for the revue. 
Another Shubert musical to come is 
based on 'Tonight or Never', score 
by Harold Adarhson and Vernon 
Duke. Slated for . next spring is 
Land of Smiles,' mentioned for pro- 
duction for some time. It is ex- 
pected to star Jan Kiepura after the 
closing of the Metropolitan opera, 
with whom he is under contract. 

J. J. Shubert is also giving atten- 
tion to musicals, probably as the 
result of Lee's success with Kauf- 
man with 'Hellzapoppin' and 'Streets 
of Paris.' He is readying 'Three for 
Three,' which was called "The Gib- 
son Girls,' and announces a tune ver- 
sion of 'Cyrano De Bergerac,' long 
on the Shubert list. 



Todd vs. Equity in Return Bout, Ttus 
Time Over Bonding for Road Tour 



Michael Todd is again having a set- 
to with Equity over certain require- 
ments attendant to the road showing 
of 'Hot Mikado,' which closed a suc- 
cessful engagement at the HaU of 
Music, W"orld's Fair. Boston is the 
first stand out, but Todd objected to 
posting a bond guaranteeing salaries 
or coin for return transportation. He 
declared the con^pany had been paid 
for '40 weeks,' and there is no reason 
to believe that .there would be any 
salary default. 

Indicated that Equity would insist 
on having fares from Chicago for the 
entire company on hand, that point 
being the farthest from New York 
booked so far. Indicated, however, 
that the .salary bond or cash equiva- 
lent would not be insisted on, be- 
cause Todd, in association with Marty 
Forkins and Bill Robinson, had fur- 
nished a letter of guarantee. Both 
the latter have an interest in ,'Mika- 
do,' Robinson being starred. 

It was necessary for the colored 
dancer to take over early in 'Mika- 
do's' engagement at the Broadhurst, 
: as his percentage of the takings were 
not forthcoming, and the same goes 
I for Forkins, his manager. Equity 
pointed out that Robinson could be 
personally held re.">ponsible in the 
case of default. Because of the Asso- 
ciated Actors and Artistes of Ameri- 
ca, set-up, he would be unable to 



appear on the .stage, films, radio or 
night clubs were he to be involved 
in a salary default. 

An Old Battle 

Todd has been in Equity's hair or 
its chorus affiliate ever since the 
colored cast Gilbert and Sullivan 
.swing show started. He appeared 
before the council on various occa- 
sions, seeking concessions, .some of 
which were granted. Shortly after 
'Mikado' moved to the Fair, he com- 
plained that the show could not op- 
erate out of the. red unless there was 
a revision of chorus pay. After 
threatening to shut down 'any Satur- 
day,'' there was a partial reduction 
granted. Then followed a row about 
extra pay for Sundays. 

For the past six weeks or so no 
agitation over 'Mikado' reached 
Equity, and it was reported that the 
engagement was a clean-up. Consid- 
erably more than the claimed $70,000 
investment was earned back. Under- 
stood that $15,000 was recently ex- 
panded on new costuming for the 
road. 

Todd is also currently involved in 
a dispute with Nat Karson, designer, 
over royalties. According to the pro- 
ducer, Karson's peeve dates back 
prior to the shows' opening at the 
Broadhurst, N. Y., when Todd claims 
Karson demanded billing over Has- 
sard Short, director. 



A delegation from Equity called on 
the managers at the League of New 
York Theatres last Friday <27) to 
hear what the showmen proposed 
doing about tightening up the en- 
forcement rides of . the ticket code. 
Whether the actors' group was favor- 
ably . impressed was not indicated, 
nor whether Equity will go along 
with the League for another season 
of ticket control; Code was extend- 
ed from September to Nov. 1 (Tues- 
day) and another brief extension was 
anticipated in order that the pro- 
posed new rules could be made ac- 
ceptable to both sides. 

The uncertainly of the code's con- 
tinuance is, reported to have resulted 
in plenty of gypping by the brokers. 
The smaller agencies are said to 
be mostly at fault. Charging more 
than the code maximum of 75c pre- 
I mium is made the more easy at this 
time because of the new hits in town. 
I Heavy attendance thus far has cre- 
ated so great a demand for tickets 
that excess prices are easily .obtain- 
able by those brokers who are not 
following the rules, or who have dug 
out tickets and are outside the code. 

Tuesday a number of brokers were 
called to the League's offices and 
asked about certain evasions of the 
rules. The infractions charged are 
said to be of a minor nature. Two 
managers are' also said to have been 
asked about alleged violations. 

Equity asked the managers to make 
provision for stiff penalties for viola- 
tions either by the agencies or the 
showmen themselves. Actors end 
said it looked -like the League had 
merely gone through the motions of 
enforcement, since no penalties were 
inflicted, although violations were not 
fully proven. Survey report had 
recommended continuance of the 
code for another year, but Equity 
officials were not particlularly favor- 
able to the idea unless proper en- 
forcement could be had. 

Managers' suggestions were made 
up . of 17 proposals, aimed' for such 
an objective, and there were five 
minor changes in the code set forth. 
Delegation said it \yould present the 
(Continued on page 42) 



Lambs Deny Slighting 
Waring; Most Popular 
Officer in Several Yrs. 



Report that Fred Waring, new 
Shepherd of the Lambs, did not get 
a standing reception upon his In- 
duction recently is indignantly de- 
nied by clubmen who were present 
Bandsman's first appearance in the 
club following his election was dur- ■ 
ing an affair restricted to members 
and some friends. He arrived after 
a broadcast and -was accorded an 
ovation, all hands rising from their 
chairs. 

Later, when Waring, was called on 
for a speech, he went to the micro- 
phone, but on that occasion the 
celebrants did not ari.se. That ap- 
parently led. to latecomers taking 
the wrong assumption. Stated by 
those of standing in the Lambs that 
Waring is the most popular officer 
the club has had for a number of 
years. 



'Woman Brown' Outside 
Dramatists' Aj^'^ement 



'The Woman Brown,' which ~ Is 
slated for Broadway production in 
mid-December, is the first major 
presentation in more than a year to 
be presented outside the terms of 
the Dramatist Guild minimum basic 
agreement. Play was written by 
Dorothy Gumming McNab, a non- 
member of the Guild, and is to be 
presented by Margaret Hewes and 
Bernard Klawans, non-signers of the 
minimum basic agreement. 

Warners, which purchased the 
screen rights, has likewise not 
signed the MBA, Show Is being done 
on Broadway With the film com- 
pany's backing. 

Studio bought the play upon the 
urging of Bette Davis, who saw It 
during a tryout at Provincetown, 
Mass., last summer. Understood she 
wanted it for a possible stage and 
picture vehicle, but she appearing In 
i only the film version. 



4t 



VARIETY 



LEGITIMATB 



Wednesday, November 1, 19'39 



Tokicco Road* Passmg 'AbieV 6-Yr. 
B way Run, Robbing It Into Critics 



Oa November 18 a new run record 
wiU b« established, Tobacco Road,' 
paasins the six-year mark estab- 
lished by Anne Nicliols' 'Abie's Irish 
Rose,' Broadway engagement of 
which was believed to be unap- 
proachable in point ot longevity 
While 'Abie' was a laugh show and 
'Road' a drama, there are similar- 
ities in connection with the lengthy 
stays ot both, one being that the 
critics didn't think either had much 
chance to stay. 'Abie' run was 2,532 
performances. 

cut rates kept both shows going 
at times when business sagged. 
'Able' was in the bargain mart tliree 
-times and Miss Nichols, who freely 
acknowledged the aid from that 
source, saw to it that the Leblang 
outfit got at least 100 tickets nightly 
after the show had climbed back to 
capacity. 'Abie' opened at the Ful- 
ton, N. Y., then moved to the Re- 
putilic (now burlesque), where most 
ot the run was accomplished. 'Road' 
started at the then Masque (now 
Golden), moved to the 48th Street 
(Windsor) and to its present quar- 
ters at the Forrest. 

'Road' might have stoppefd after 
three weeks, had not the Leblang 
Interests agreed to handle the at- 
traction and, having the 48th Street 
on their hands, decided to gamble < 
with the Jack Kirkland show. House 
was in on the profits during the ex- 
tended stay there, then made the 
mistake ot guessing that it was wind- 
ing up and let the show go. 'Abie' 
was editorially praised many times, 
but that was after the comedy was 
a walloping hit 'Road' drew the at- 
tention of the Daily News and its 
several editorials doubtlessly were 
an important factor, for attendance 
steadily rose. Recently the same tab 
went to bat for the drama again. 
'Abie's* Six Companies 

'Abie' was played all over the 
country and in every land in the 
world, but 'Road' is strictly for this 
aide. While 'Road' has had two road 
shows operating tor the past several 
seasons, 'Abie' had as many as six 
troupes in the sticks. The Nichols 
Tflay encountered many difficulties, 
particularly in bookings, and - her 
office boldly passed up the booking 
agencies and obtained time itself. 
Dark theatres were dusted off and 
when 'Abie' arrived the local . run 
records went by the board in any 
number of stands. 

'Road' has made most of its profit 
on the road, which is the primary 
reason for it staying on Broadway. 
In point ot coin 'Abie' far surpassed 
'Road,' which is scaled at $1.65 top 
in New York. Nichols comedy was 
a $3.30' attraction and $4.40 was the 
top- on Saturday nights. It cleaned 
up an estimated $5,000,000 as a stage 
attraction and that mark will not be 
touched by the new run maker. 

There were probably some losing 
weeks during the 'Abie' stay, but it 
is known that 'Road' has had at 
least 40 weeks in the red to date. 
Its average pace is $4,000. weekly, 
which means a profit. Business has 
been as low as $2,200, a low never ex 
perienced by 'Abie.' There is no 
comparison in operating expense, for 
'Road' is a one-setter with a limited 
cast. 

'Abie* played on percentage dur 
Ing the Broadway run, while 'Road' 
has been able to string the run along 
because of a rental arrangement 
which brings operating costs down, 

Although the reviewers regarded 
'Road' as too lurid, they raved over 
the performance of Henry Hull in 
the part of a white trash farmer in 
Georgia's backwoods. He left the 
show for Hollywood and it was then 
demonstrated that it is an actor 
proof part, the New York lead hav 
ing been changed a number ot times. 
James Barton, who was out for a 
time and is now back in 'Road.' has 
played the lead longest, others being 
James Bell and Eddie Garr. On the 
road. Barton's uncle, John, has tlie 
part in one troupe,- Charles Slim 
Timbin In the other. 



'Easy Virtue,' Noel Coward's com- 
edy drama produced at the Empire 
in 1925, will be bvought up to dale 
by John C. Crosby, N. Y. Herald- 
Tribune reporter, as a vehicle for 
Conslnnce Bennetl. Sponsored by 
Donald BlacUweU and Raymond 
Curtis ill association with Aldrich & 
Myers, in all probability it will open 
at the Harris theatre. Chicago, dur- 
ing the Christmas holidays. 

'Foreigners,' a Frederick Lonsdale 
play previously held by Aldrich & 
Myera, has been acquired by Arch 
Selwyii, who intends to produce it in 
association with J. J. Shubert. Re- 
hearsals are skedded to start within 
the next two weeks and Lonsdale 
will direct. 

'Widow With Pink Gloves,' novel 
by Maurice de Kobra, French au- 
thor, is being dramatized by de 
Kobra and Irwin Piscator In New 
York for presentation by Continental 
Productions, Inc.. about the end ot 
December. Piscator will direct. 

'God's Head Man,' described as a 
Negro comedy by DeWitt Ncwing, 
may be produced by Ben At well. 



Fotnre Plays 



Ticket Code 



.Continued from page 41. 



Bill Robinson's Miisi(^ 
By Anderson-Kurt Weill 

Kurt Weill, whose incidental mu- 
sic will be used in 'Madame, WiU 
You Walk?', the Playwrights' Co. 
production of the late Sidney Howr 
ard's play, is also working on the 
score for a musical with Maxwell 
Andersoii, to star Bill Robinson. 

Pair hop& to have it produced next 
spring, but that depends on Robin- 
son's tour In 'Hot Mikado.' 



new regulatons to the actors' coun- 
cil, which would decide on continued 
co-operation. There is no doubt that 
the League wants Equity to partici- 
pate, but some showmen are ot the 
opinion that the managers can oper- 
ate the code on their own. Not only 
the moral support of Equity is' de- 
sired, but the basic pact would be 
continued and no changes in actors' 
contracts would be made by the asso- 
ciation. 

No Discrimination 

Among the proposals made by the 
managers was a new rule covering 
allotment of tickets to agencies, so 
that there will be no discrimination, 
one of the angles which was most 
criticized. If that idea is adopted. 
Equity would be informed ot all 
ticket allotments which would have 
to be okayed from that end. Such a 
step may or may not cause objec- 
tions in some managetrial quarters. 

Hearing before Mayor LaGuardia 
n reference to the Spellmah bill, 
which limits ticket premiums to 75c 
and puts it up to the managers to 
enforce the proposed new law which 
passed the city council, was held at 
summer city hall headquarters near 
the Worldls Fair Thursday (26). The 
nvayor did not seem to think the 
measure any too hot, and asked for 
briefs, indicating doubt as to his sig- 
naturing the, bill.. . 

Mayor seemed to be well informed 
about the ticket situation, and im- 
pression was that he did not have a 
high opinion ot either the managers 
or the brokers, so far as tickets are 
concerned. He commented on the 
wiles ot some agency people: 'When 
•I seek tickets for a show they can't 
deliver, they say it's a lousy show 
anyhow, so they switch ma to a show 
that really is lousy.' 

Emanuel Celler, who was present 
as a member ot a law firm with 
agency clients, talked against the bill 
and was given tlie longest period to 
voice his opinions. He quoted 
V.vniETY, which in last week's issue 
carried an item to the effect that a 
Boston agency had managerial back 
ing. He also pointed out that the 
League had carried ads in programs 
advising patrons to buy tickets from 
agencies. Such insertions, however, 
which appeared in Broadway theatre 
programs last season, also called at 
tention to direct boxofflce sale of 
tickets and carried the list of accred- 
ited agencies, who, in signaturing the 
code, agreed not lo charge excess 
prices. 

Most of the others who talked pro 
and con for the bill were given short 
shrift. Milton Weinberger, counsel 
for the League, who favored the bill, 
did not get nvuch fiu-lher than a tech- 
nical summation of the ticket mat- 
ter. A fleet of nSotor cars and taxis 
with around 40 managers, brokers 
and Equityites barged down from the 
city to the mayor's quarters at 10 
a. m., and all hands were back in 
town by noon. Mayor's remarks 
clearly showed that he believes the 
managers can clean up the ticket sit- 
uation if tliey get together and really 
try. He was in the mood to kid the 
show crott'd, and they had to take it. 



BARNES' PROGRESS 

Shoo - Cierk ia Broadway Lead 
Within Threa Tears 



From an amateur to the Juvenile 
lead in a major Bl'oadway musical 
production, all within three yeai-s, 
is the new Cinderella story of 
Johnny Barnes, ex-shoa clerk and 
now a hckiter. Barnes is in a major 
spot in 'DuBarry Was a Lady,' the 
B. G. DeSylva production that's 
scheduled for an out-of-town tryout 
in New Haven Nov. 9. He's playing 
opposite Belly Crablc. 

Barnes was discovered via an ama- 
teur show at the Capitol, Washing- 
ton. He won that contest and the 
following diiy went into Dave Apol- 
lon's unit; stuck with that a year and 
then freelanced. His first major 
break canie via Fi'ank Fay's vaude- 
ville attempt on Broadway last win- 
ter. 

Barnes has never had a dancing 
lesson, but he's been taking dramatic 
coaching on the q.t. 



Current Road Shows 

{Week of Oct. 30) 



'Abe Lincoln In Illiitoi-i' (Ray- 
mond Massey )— Bostoi\ Opera House, 
Boston. 

Colbounie - Jones (re|>ertory.)— ' 
Royal Alexandra, Toronto. 

'Desert Sons'— Biltinore, Los An- 
geles. 

Eva Le Galllenne (repertory) — 
Auditorium, Norristown. Pa. (30); 
Rajah, Reading, Pa. (,1l); Lyric, 
AUentown, Pa. (1); Madison college, 
Harrisonbiu'g, Va. (2); Lyric, Rich- 
mond (3-41. 

'Farm of Three Erhoes' (Ethel 
Barrymore) — Hartman, Columbus 
(30-31); Victory, Dayton (1); Eng- 
lish, Indianapolis (2-4). 

Golden Boy' (Eric Linden)— 
Auditorium, Beaumont, Texas (30); 
Auditorium, Port Arthur (31); Mu- 
sic Hall, Houston (1); Memorial 
Auditorium, Ft. Worth (2); Circle, 
Dallas (3); Convention Hall, Tulsa 
(4). 

Hamlet' (Maurice Evans)— Cass, 
Detroit. 

Hot Mikado' (Bill Robinson)— 
Bushnell Auditorium, Hartford (3-4). 

I Married an Ansel' (Dennis 
King) — American, St. Louis. 

'Key I,arso' (Paul Muni)— English, 
Indianapolis (30-1); Hartman, Co- 
lumbus (2-4). 

Kiss the Boys Goodbye' — Wilbur, 
Boston. ■ , 

Leave It to Me* (William Gaxton, 
Victor Moore, Sophie Tucker)— Na- 
tional, Washington. 

'Life With Father' (Howard Lind- 
say) — Maryland, Baltimore. 

M a m ba ' s DausWers* (Ethel 
Waters)— Grand, Chicago. 

'My Dear Cliildren' (.John Barry- 
more) — Selwyn, Cliicago, 

'.Nice Coin" (Bert Wheeler, M.3ry 
Martin)— Shubert, Boston. 

'No Time for Comedy' (Katharine 
Cornell) — Hanna, Cleveland. 

'On Borrowed Time' — Park, 
Youngstown (30); Palace. Ft. Wayne 
(31); Pabst, Milwaukee (2-4). 

'Outward Bound' (Laurelte Tay- 
lor. Florence Reed) — Plymouth, 
Boston. 

San Carlo 0|>era — Music Hall. 
Cleveland (30-1); Wilson, Detroit 
(2-5). 

'Springtime tor Henry' (Edward 
Everett Horton)— Ni.>con, Pittsburgh. 

Tamin? of the Shrew' (Lunt-Fon- 
tanne) — Municipal Auditorium, Kan- 
sas City. Mo. (30-31); Forum. 
Wichita (1); Paramount, Salt Lake 
City (4). 

Thunder Rock' ('Tower of Light') 
Ford's Baltimore (2-4'). 

Tobacco Koad' (John Barton)— 
Lyceum, Minneapolis. 

Tobacco Road' (Slim Timblim— 
Moose Auditorium, Camden, N. J. 
(30-1); Grant, Bristol, Pa. (2); Rex, 
Rutherford, N. J. (.3-4). 

'Tonight We Daitce' (Ruth Chat- 
terton) — Harris, Chicago. 
: 'Very Warm for May'— Forrest. 
Philadelphia. 

'What a Life' (Jackie Coogan)— 
Shrine Auditorium, Des Moines (29); 
Bay, Green Bay, Wis. (31); Rio, Ap- 
pleton. Wi.s. (1); Kenosha, Kenosha. 
Wis. (2); Orpheum, Duluth (3-4). 

'White Steed'— Ei-langer, Chicago. 



Logan Mending 



Joshua Logan, who was taken to 
a New York ho.spital last week with 
a streptococcic Infection, Is reported 
making a satisfactory recovery. He 
is not expected to leave the hospital 
for some time, however. 

During Logan's illness, Dwight 
Deere Wiman has taken over direc- 
tion ot Paul Osborne's 'Mornings 
at Seven.' Wiman is also producer 
ot the play, which is slated to open 
a tryout in Boston next Monday 
(6). 



DOUBT RAISE 
FOR B. 0. MEN 



Basic agreement ask;2d from the 
managers by boxotfice treasurers 
appears to have run into a shag. 
■While a contract may be- entered 
into, there is some question whether 
.salary increases will be obtained. 
B.o. men's union Is affiliated with 
the stagehands, and it was {)ointed 
out to the League of New York The- 
atres that, under the rules of the 
International Alliance of Stage Em- 
ployees, holders ot a new charter 
may not seek pay increases until 
one year has elapsed. 

This indicates that the treasurers 
were premature in splitting away 
from the Theatrical Mana.qers, 
Agents and Treasurers union. Ticket 
sellers figured they would get 
stronger backing for upping the 
scale under the IA setup. "TMAT did 
secure a renewal of its basic agree- 
ment with the League, but there 
were virtually no changes in the 
scales. Argued by TMAT that had 
the treasurers stuck, increased pay 
would probably have been granted. 

Reported that the treasurers, who 
presented their demands lo the 
League recently, now object to Ihfe 
presence of restrictive clauses in 
the proposed pact whereby they 
agree not to accept gratuities from 
the agencies. Such stipulation was 
part of the TMAT agreement, and 
was supposed to be retained' by the 
new treasurers union. Ticket sellers 
explain their objection by saying 
that such rules could result in dis- 
missal on flimsy charges. League 
oface',~h~owever. -'stated it had re- 
ceived' no word from the treasurers 
in regards to the 'no ice' clauses. 

TMAT ups its entrance fee for the 
new members today (Wed.) to $500. 
It was formerly $319. Scale of dues 
remains the same. 



'POSSESSED' FIRST 

B'WAY CASUALTY 



'WARRIORS' IN LONDON, 
THEN IN HOLLYWOOD 



Hollywood. Oct. ,31. 

(Turtis Brown, literary agent, is 
comiiig to the Coast to stage John 
Rathmell's drama, 'Warriors Never 
Die.' War blocked the. London pro- 
duction now set to open Nov. 25. 

Brown sails from England Nov. 20 
and the tentative opening here is 
skeded foi- late January. 



Fir.st flop of the new season Is 
'The Possessed.' which close.<; at the 
Lyceum, N. Y., Saturday (4) after 
playing one day less than two weeks. 
Jt was produced by the Chikhov 
Theatre Studio, which includes an 
elaborate school of the drama 
near Ridgefield, Conn., directed by 
Michael Chekhov. Project has Bea- 
trice Straight, wealthy socialite, as 
its principal backer, she having been 
in the cast. 

Reported that the studio will pur- 
chase the Lyceum and. although 
there will be no immediate addi- 
tional presentations, a New York 
office will be maintained^ .'Pick- 
wick,' which was to have been the 
second attraction, was .set back be- 
cause ot the war, it was explained, 
but may be seen during the winter. 
. Mis.s Straight is the. daughter of 
Mrs. Leonard Elmhirst, now a. Brit- 
ish subject, who was the widow of 
Willard Slrai.ght. Mr.<!. Elmhirst and 
her husband founded Dartington 
Hall in Devonshire, devoted to ex- 
perimental agricultural and indus- 
trial enterpri.scs. One department 
was the Joos Ballet, seen over here. 
Chekhov opened a school of drama 
there in 1930. but it was decided two 
ycfars later to move that department 
to America. 

Not generally known that Mrs. 
Straight was the backer of Maurice 
Browne, who presented 'Journe.v's 
End' at the Miller, N. Y., In 1929, 

'Pos,sessed' had a Russian back- 
ground. It drew a doubtful press. 



SCHLESINGER MOVES 

Newark, Oct. 24. 

Morris S. Schlesiriger, former 
manager ot the Broad Street and 
Shubert theatres here; has been ap- 
ppinted manager of Warner Bros. 
Hollywood, New York. 

Hollywood will hou.=!e George 
White's 'Scandals,' which moves over 
Monday (6) from the Alvln. 



AUCE BRADY 
DIESINN.Y. 



Tragedy again struck at William 
A. Brady when the veteran show- 
man's daughter, Alice Brady, died at 
the Le Roy Sanitarium, New York, 
Saturday (28). She would have been 
47 within, a few days. Four years 
ago ta the month, Brady's son, 'Wil- 
liam A., Jr., 35, whose mother is 
Grace George, was burned to death 
in a Are that razed a cottage in 
Colts Neck, N, J. Mi.ss Brady was 
lha daughter of the showman's 
first wife. Rose Marie Rene, an ac- 
tl'ess of French origin. 

It was privately, lyjown that Mi.^s 
Brady was suffering from a cancer, 
her illness covering two years or 
more, but ."she continued picture work 
in the Hollywood studios until re- 
cently. Showman brought her back 
from the Coast about three weeks 
ago for treatment and her condition 
was not supirased to t>e grave but che 
passed away while oxygen was be- 
ing applied. 

Although she was unfortunate in 
being cast in weak plays and ap- 
peared in at least a do/.en failure.^. 
Miss Brady finally triumphed and 
played in such stage successes as 
'Moui'ning Becbnies Electra,' .'For- 
ever After,' which had a two-year 
run; 'The Bride of the Lamb,' 'Ma- 
damoiselle,' 'Zander the Great,* 'The 
Witch," 'The Thief,' 'Lady Alone' and 
'A Most Immoral Lady.' 

Stage and Screen 

"The actress spent nearly as much ' 
of her professional career in pic- 
tures as on the stage. In the day.f 
ot silcnts. when her father headed 
World Film Corp., she made rapid 
strides and by 1923 had been fea- 
tured in 32 films, mostly for Famous 
Players, including 'Bought and P.nid 
For.' For the last seven years she 
has been on the Coast, where her 
performances were as varied as iii 
plays. . Miss Brady had a flair for com- 
_edy and many parts assigned her 
'were of the lighter variet.v. Sha 
proved her dramatic talent to ba 
many-sided, however, and la.'it year 
received the Academy Award for her 
performance of Mrs. O'Leary in 'Old 
Chicago.' Her final Coast a.ssignntent 
was in "The Young Mr. Lincoln.' 

Miss Brady was a linguist, a pian- 
ist and played other instruments. 
She was one of the best dressed 
women in the profession, though not 
always going in for the latest modes. 
Her early stage appearances were In 
Gilbert and Sullivan opcretta.s, into 
which she drifted after studying at 
the Boston Conservatory ot Music. 
Her father did not wish her to go 
on the stage and that couise followed 
schooling in a convent. 

Deceased was wed to Jame.i L. 
Crane, son of the writer. Dr. Frank 
Crane, but they were divorced in 
1922 after two yeai's. Their 3on,'Don- 
ald, resides in California. Mha 
Brady had brittle bones and not iii- 
frequently broke her fingers. She 
fractured an ankle while one film 
was being made and finished it sit- 
ting in a chair. A nervous break- 
down prevented her from appearing 
in Eugene O'Neill'j 'Strange Inter- 
lude,' one of the Theatre Cuild'j 
standouts. 

Equity Anjle 

More than a year ago, when Equity 
was aiding the Screen Actors Guild 
to force legit actors on the Coast into 
its membership in compliance with 
the association's pact with the 'film 
players' organization. Miss Brady 
had a run-in with Equity. She re- 
fused to join SAG and there was 
further feeling over retaliatory pro- 
ceedings on her part. Seems that 
her endorsement ot a femme prod- 
uct was used in an ad appearing In 
Equity's magazine without her per- 
mission. 

Miss Brady demanded damage.'; 
and although she had okayed simi- 
lar copy previously, the publication, 
was deemed to be at fault in that 
particular case. . Actress was rilad 
over certain Equity rulings and the 
matter was only settled after she 
was paid $1,200. Equity was on the 
point of suspending the netre.ss and 
fining her at least as much as the 
amount received for the unauthor- 
ized ad, but suddenly scrapped the 
idea after it was discovered that she 
was suffering from cancer. 

Services held Monday (30) werfl 
strictly private, only four persons 
being present in addition to' hiM' 
father and Miss Georye ' (Mr-;. 
Brady), 



Wednrsday, Noyember 1, 1939 



LEGITIMATJC GROSSES 



VARIETY 4S 



ChiHefty;llamba;U$ll5t 
'Children/ Tonight' Okay at $11, 



Shows in Rehearsal 



Chicago, Oct. 31. 
All tow shows in. town lust week 
did well. 

"Mambas Daughters' quits the 
Giand Saturday (8) after five weeks 
and Tonight We Dance' scrams the 
Harris the same night after four good 
sessions. 

Replacing will be the unabridged 
•Hamlet,' with Maurice Evans, at the 
Grand, and the Katharine Cornell 
•No Time for Comedy,' Harris, 

'White Steed' turned in good 
money in iU initial week as the first 
presentation of the American The- 
atre Society -Theatre Guild local sea- 
son. Sticks for two more weeks at 
the Erianger and then departs for 
'Springtime for Henry' with Edward 
Everett Horton. 

•Leave It to Me' enters the 4.000- 
seat Auditorium Nov. 20 while 'Abe 
Lincoln in IlJinois' rides into the 
Gtancf Jan. 8, with the house un- 
booked between the 'Hamlet' and 
'Lincoln' shows. 

Estimates for Last Week 

'Mamba's Daughters,' Grand (4tH 
wtek) (1,300; $2.75). In final ses- 
sion currently after fine stay. Held 
to fine $11,500 last week. To St. 
X,ouis next. 

•My Dear Children,' Selwyn (24th 
week) (1.000; $2.75). Will be here 
for the holidays easily at present 
pace, holding to solid $11,000 last 
week. . _ , 

'Tonight W« nance,' Harris (3rd 
week) (1.000; $2.75). Again at a fine 
profit at $11,000. Currently in bow 
out stanza. 

•While- Steed,' Erianger (1st week) 
(1,400; $2.75). In lor three weeks, 
two of which are getting American 
Theatre Society subscription assist- 
snce. Bright money for initial pe- 
riod at $11,500. 

TOMEDY' SOCK$26,300, 
*TIMr $7,000, DETROIT 

Detroit, Oct. 31. 

Detroiters shelled out over $33,- 
000 Ijist week for Kath.irine Cornell's 
'No Time for Comedy,' at the Cass, 
and Taylor Holmes' 'On Borrowed 
Time' at the Wilson. 

The Cornell opus, sold out at most 
performances, picked up a smash 
$26,300. 'Time' gathered in close to 
$7,000. 

Cass has Maurice Evans' 'Hamlet' 
and Wil.son is being taken over by 
San Carlos Opera Co. currently. 
Latter is in for 15 days. . 

Estimates for Last Week 

'No Time for Comedy,' CasS (1,- 
MiO; $3.30). Katharine Cornell al- 
ways means smash hei'e; this time 
no exception at $26,300. 

•On Borrowed Time,' Wilson (1,- 
000; $I.«5). Picked up good $7,000 
de.»pile opposition. 

Crii Sock 'Pastoral', 
N.G. $3,000 in Balto: 

Baltimore, Oct. 31. 
Two openings in one week in this 
town, which enjoyed only seven 
weeks of legit all last year, is at- 
. trading considerable interest. 'Life 
With Father,' dramatization of Clar- 
ence Day's book by Howard Lind- 
say and Russel Crouse, is currently 
getting its pre-Broadway trial at the 
Maryland. The Group Theatre's 
'Thunder Rock,' whose recent title 
was 'Tower ot Light,' will open a. 
three day slay at Ford's Thursday 
(2). Robert Ardrey wrote 'Rock.' 

Both hou.>:es will again be opened 
Nov. 13. when the Playwrights Co. 
present George M. Cohan in 'Madam, 
Will You Walk,' by the late Sidney 
Howard, at Ford's, and George Ab- 
bott will bring his newest effort, 
"Rm% Two,' by Gladys Hurlbut, to 
the Maryland! 

Estimate for I^st Week 
'Pastoral,' Ford's (1,900; $2.22). 
New Bonfils and Somnes venture by 
Victor Wolfson given a rough going- 
over by local crix and mild treat- 
ment by . ticket-buyers. Less than 
$3,000 for five days last >ffeek. Com- 
ed.v being worked over for Broad- 
■ way attempt. 



TARM' SOCKED BY Pin 
DROUGHT, NABS $9,500 



Pittsburgh, Oct. 31. 
New shows still remain boxoflice 
anathema here. That was proved 
against last week when Khel Barry- 
more brought her new one, 'Farm of 
3 Echoes,' to the Nixon and got 
around $9,500, including subscrip- 
tion coin. Drama drew mo-stly raves. 

The Nixon has Edward Everett 
Horton in 'Springtime for Henry' 
and follows with 'Leave It To Me,' 
first musical of season, for which 
mail orders are sky high. 

Estimate for Last Week 
•Farm ot 3 Echoes,'. Nixon (2.100; 
$2.75). New Ethel Barrymore show 
stands first-rate chance of clicking 
big on Broadway, but .Pittsburgh 
still won't go for a tryout. They 
demand a run rep around here and 
even then chances are just even. 
Around $9,500. 



UNCOLN' TOPS 
HUB WITH m 



Three After Three' (The Gib- 
ton Girls') — Shubert.<<. 

'Rinf Two'— George Abbott. 

•Madam Will You Walk'— Play- 
wrights. 

•N* Code to Oalde net'— Al- 
fred de Liagre. 

ToBy Drews • Horse'- W. A. 
Brady. ■ 

•Aries Is Rising' — Irving and 
Dolian. 

'Swinfia' ibe Dream'- Erik 
Charell, Jean Rodney. 

•Morninjc's at Seven'— Dwight 
D. Wiman. 

The Outward Room' — Sidney 
Kingsley. 

•Dubarry Was a Lady'— B. G. 
De Sylva.' 

•Sea Dogs'— Clarence Taylor. 



Boston, Oct. 31. 
'Abe Lincoln' topped the town last 
week after a bad start opening night 
against a sellout benefit at 'Nice 
Goin'. 'Kiss the Boys Goodbye' is 
holding strong, and 'Outward Bound' 
is a fair draw. 

Ken.yon Nicholson arid Charles K. 
Robinson, authors of 'Sailor Beware," 
from which the musical 'Nice Goin' 
was adapted, have been working on 
the book ot the show here. Vicki 
Cummin<»s i.<! out of the show, with 
part of her role added to Pert Kel- 
ton's. City censor ordered the 
'Arithmetic' song, cut out or supplied 
with a new lyric, and management 
chose former method, planning to 
replace it iu New York. Some pro- 
fanity was ordered out, but cuts 
were lighter than anticipated by 
opening-nieht crowd. 
■ Michael Todd brings 'Hot Mikado,' 
with Bill Robinson, into the Opera 
Hou.se on Monday (61. with good ad- 
vance sale alreadv recorded. 'Very 
Warm for 'May.' 'Morning's at Seven' 
are other entries that nieht. 

'Madam, Will You Walk?' by late 
Sidney Howard, StarringrGeorge M. 
Cohan, comes into the Colonial Nov. 
27. Premiere of 'Young Man with a 
Horn.' starring Burgess Meredith, is 
slated for the same house Christinas 
night, pre.'Jcnted by Vinton Freed- 
ley and Abe Blatt. 

Estiinaics for I.,asl Week 
Abe Lincoln In Illinois 
llou.>;e (1st week) (2.944; $3.30) 
Opened at medium gait, but capacity 
houses Inte in the week finaled show 
to $20,000. 

•Nice Coin*. Shubert (1st week) 
(1.D90; $:t,30); Got fair press and 
fair word-of-niouth during opening 
week, but garnered a big $18..S00. 

•Kis<i the Bovs Goodbve.' Wilbur 
(2d week) (1.227: $2.7.')). ProfiUble 
at $7,500. Over-estimated week be- 
fore last. One more week. 

'OulwHrd Bound.' Plymouth fist 
week) (1.480: S2.7.t1. Tough opposi- 
tion openinff week held it down to 
around $10,000. Second stanza looks 
more hopeful. 



tunts^'Shrew' Tame 
St Loo for Nifty ISid 



St. Louis. Oct. 31, 
■Despite midsummer ' temperature 
during first lour days of run, 'Tam- 
ing of the Shrew' .ended one-week 
stand at the American theatre, sole 
legiter here, Saturday (28) with 
nifty $18,500: Play was first on sub- 
scription sked of Playgoers of St. 
Louis. Inc. 

'I Married an Angel* started one- 
week dale last night (Monday). 
Estimate for Last Week 
Taming of the Shrew,' American 
fft,707; $2.,'i0). Lunt and Fontannc 
are .<.till big faves . here, and eight 
performances garnered nice $18,500, 
aided by ravos ot crix. 



'Cayakade' 65G, Tolies' 
$34,200 Set Records At 
Finale of Frisco Expo 



San Franci.sco, Oct. 31. 

Folding of the Golden (3ate ex 
position left natives with practically 
no legit. Only thing on the mainland 
this week will be 'Prelude to Para- 
dise,' a new play by Vernon Smith, 
scheduled to premiere at the Alcazar 
theatre tomorrow (Wednesday). 
'Moulin Rouge,' in the Curran for a 
short run; left Sunday (29) for the 
southwest Both 'Cavalcade of the 
Golden West' and 'Folies Bergerc' 
succeeded in breaking previous rec- 
ords during their last week on 'Treas- 
ure Island. 

Estimates for Last Week 

•Night In Moulin Ronge,' Curran 
(1,770; $2.75). Competish from the 
similarly Frenchy 'Folies Bergere' at 
the Fair no help, especially when 
shows and prices are compared. Take 
of $13,000 claimed for eight days. 
TREASURE ISLAND 

'Cavalcade of the Golden West,' 
Cavalcade (36th-final week) (7,000; 
$1.10). An extra performance was 
added every, day last week. With the 
exception of two of the early mati 
nees, every available seat was taken 
and thousands were turned away. 
Great success of -Cavalcade' has 
started plans by the exposition to 
bring it back next year if and when 
fair opens. For the week ending 
Friday t27), 'Cavalcade' took in 
$64,900. 

•Folies Bergere,' California Audi 
torium (12lh-final week) (3,300; 75c). 
Clifford C. Fischer importation gar 
nered $34,200 for week ending Fri 
day (27), setting new record for the 
show at the expo. 



FOUR L A. LEGITERS 
UGHTED; 'ANIMAL' 3G 



Visitor Influx Keeps B way Happy; 
W With %m ContendsHFtir 
Musical Lead; 'Dmner $19,600 



'Very Warm' Cool 18iG 
In Washington Tryout 



Washington, Oct. 31. 

Seaiion's fir.st big musical, here, 
'Very Warm for May,' suffered from 
critics' argument that it was a whale 
of a lot of show, but it wasn't in 
shape yet for Broadway. This, plus 
fact that 'Leave It to Me' was due 
this week as a tried-and-true buy, 
caused trade to hold off. 

Current occupant, with William 
Gaxton. Sophie Tucker and Victor 
Moore topping cast, will be followed 
next week by 'Outward Bound,' with 
Laurette Taylor and Florence Reed, 
as second American Theatre Society 
subscription offering. Ethel Barry- 
more's new vehicle, 'Farm of 3 
Echoes.' is due Nov. 13 as third A'TS 
play. 

Estimate for Last Week 
'Very Warm for May,' National 
(1,698; $3..'10). Reviews s<;ying show 
was potentially good but not whipped 
into shape. Thus gro.-ui down to ap- 
proximately $18,500. 

'HENRY' $7,000, BUFF 

Buffalo, Oct, 31. 
Edward F.verolt Hortoo. in 'Spring-^ 
time for Henry.' drew neaily $7,000 
in three days here at $2.75 top last 
week. 



Los Angeles, Oct. 31. 
Four of town's legit houses will be 
Opera in full swing by middle of this week. 
Biltmore relighted last night (Mon- 
day) with repeat engagement of the 
perennial 'Desert Song,' just returned 
from run at the Curran theatre, San 
Francisco. El Capitan, shuttered lor 
past two weeks, reopens tomorrow 
night (Wednesday) with initial local 
engagement of Clifford C. Fischer's 
second edition of 'Folies Bergere,' 
routed here from the 'Frisco "fair. 

'The Male Animal,' new comedy 
by Elliott Nugent and James Thur- 
ber. .closed Saturday (28) after six 
nights at the Mayan where it was 
presented by Arthur J. Beckhard 
for the American Theatre Founda- 
tion. The comedy drew good no- 
tices, but efforts to continue play 
for another stanza lell by the boards. 
Mary Astor and Elliott Nugent are 
featured. 

'Blossom Time,' presented by Fed- 
eral Music Project, is at the Holly- 
wood Playhou.se lor two weeks, and 
Bclasco thejitre continues to thrive 
with a stock policy. 

Estimates for Last Week 
•The Male Animal,' M:iyan '1,492; 
$3.30). Produced nominally for 
members of American Theatre Foun- 
dation, but also open tor the regular 
trade, new comedy got away to ex- 
cellent notices and registered around 
$3,000 on the week. 

•Blossom Time,' Hollywood Play- 
hou.se (Ut week) (1.130; $1.10). 
Falling below 'Merry Widow' which 
preceded, but good lor profitable 
$2,500 on the initial stariiia. 



Xbaries' Fades To 

$8,000 in Montreal 



able press, only one severe panning 
in dailies; quoted around $10,000 for 
first six performances with help of 
subscriptions; promising. 
The Possessed,' Lyceum (2d week) 
(D-1,019; $3.30). Goes off Saturday, 
unfavorable notices and light atten- 
dance after debut; around $3,000 in 
seven • times. 

•Tol>aeeo Boad,' Forrest (308th 
week) (D-1,107; $1.65). Somewhat 
overestimated but average is close to 
$4,000 right along and ruo-drama' is 
profitable at pace. 

'Toe Many Girls,' Imperial (2d 
week) (M-1,468; $4.40). Rated well 
over $29,000 for first full week, 
which stamps new musical as bit; 
not much under capacity. 

'Yokel Boy,' Majestic (18th week) 
(R-1,107; $3.30). Very little differ- 
ence in gross claimed, though imder 
high levels of previous weeks; 
quoted at $28,000, plenty for this 
musical. 

ADDED 

'Pins and Needles,' Windsor (100th 
week) (R-961;'$1.65). Has been set- 
ting back new edition, now carded 
for late this month; still turning a 
profit; around $6,000. 

'Care for Matrimony,* Province- 
town Playhouse. Amateurs; went off. 

LEAVE ir UP TO 
I PHILLY 



Philadelphia, Oct. 31. 

Philadelphia will have three legit 
houses open next week for the first 
time this season. New addition Is 
(he Erianger, which finally makes 
its 1939-40 bow Monday night (6) 
with 'Mica and Men',' a leturn <er 
this city. Guy Robertson featured 
in the two-weeker. 

Also skedded to open here Mon- 
day are the twice-postponed 'Abe 
Lincoln in niinois.' which comes to. 
the Forrest for a fortnight, and 'Kiss 
the Boys Goodbye,' which relights 
the Locust after its two-week dark- 
ness. Last named is .also in for ■ 
fortnight. 

In its second week at the Forrest, 
'Leave It to Me' again got $28,000 
last week. This gives the Forrest a 
record of five weeks bf strong trade 
out of five weeks open. 'Very Warm 
for May' opened there last night 
(Monday) for single week. 

Next crop of openings arrive cn 
the 20th, when The Hot Mikado' 
bows at the Locust, and the Mask 
and Wig Club's show, 'Great Guns' 
starts its single week's visit at the 
Fj-langcr. The Forrest will be dark 
that week relighting on the 27th with 
'DuBarry Was a Lady.' 

Estimate tor Last Week 

'Leave It to Me,' Forrest (2d-flnal 
week) (2,000; $3.42). Climber to ro- 
bust $28,000. 

EVANS-'HAMLET' HOT 
$17,000 IN CLEVELAND 

Cleveland, Oct. 31. 

Town went Shakespeare last week 
when Maurice Evans' 'Hamlet' made 
Hanna look like the good old boom 
day.e, with near capacity hou.se 
amounting to $17,000 for eight per- 
formances. Sixty extra chairs" were 
set UD in balcony at every show. 

Katharine Cornell is current in 
'No Time for Comedy.' Latter had 
$12,000 advance sale. Paul Muni's 
'Key Largo' is due next week, with 
mail order big. 

'Gentle People' and 'Venus and 
Adolphus' closing at PalyhouFt's 
twin rep theatres. Former did well,, 
but latter, a new Hitler satire by 
Thomas Woods Stevens, was very 
weak. 

Estimate for Last Week 
•Hamlet,' Hanna (1.435; $2.50). Hot 
$17,000, one of the best grosses for 
any Shakespearean production here 
in years. 



Not all the shows that havie ar- 
rived on Broadway so far this season 
are successes. Some are unquestioned 
standouts, but others are getting the 
break of a theatre surge that is only 
one reaction to generally improving 
business. This upturn is credited to 
the return to the metropolis of ex- 
patriates, fleeing the rigors of the 
war, while an influx from, South 
America is on by wealthy people 
who usually go abroad in the fall. 

The final rush to the World's Fair, 
which closed yesterday (Tuesday), 
may account for some drop in the 
grosses of several shows last week. 
Decline in the number of conven- 
tionites in town also figures in the 
gross decrease. Still, excellent fig- 
ures were again registered by the 
leaders during the week, which did 
not bring forth much in the way of 
new shows. 

The Man Who Came to Dipner' is 
the top attraction in ticket demand, 
and were the Music Box larger it 
would lead straight-show grosses. 
Takings were over $19,500, with 
standees at all performance.";. 'Sky- 
lark' is quoted around $19,000, while 
the third of the new strong draws, 
'Ladies and Gentlemen,' with thea 
tre-party help, went past $22,000. 
'Philadelphia Story' was credited 
with over $22,500, however, and holds 
No. 1 position among the straight 
plays.' ^ 

•Too Many Grls' is now a conten- 
der for leading musical honors at the 
boxofflce. It went over $29,000 for 
its first full week at the Imperial, 
and at a $4.40 .scale can top the hold- 
over leader, 'Hellzapoppin',' which 
again got $31,000. . The other m-usical 
coin-getters are 'Streets of Paris' and 
'Yokel Boy,' each claiming $28,000, 
with 'Scandals' having eased off. 

'Time of Your Life,' at the Booth, 
is best among last week's incomer 
card. It was quoted at $10,000 for six 
performances, helped by subscrip- 
tions and a mostly favorable press. 
"The Possessed' got thumbs down at 
the Lyceum and closes this week. 

Next week: Xife With Father,' 
Empire, and 'Sea Dogs,' Elliott. 'Nice 
Goin',' slated in, too, has had its 
opening postponed until Nov. 27. 
Estimates for Last Week 
'Abe Lincoln In Illinois,' Adelphi 
(55th week) (D-1,434; $1.10). Doing 
okay at pop prices and should stay 
into the winter; rated better than 
$9,000, not much under capacity at 
scale. 

•Helliapoppin,' Winter Garden 
(59th week) (R-1,671; $3.30). Still 
the list's front-runner and cinch for 
big money Indefinitely; again quoted 
around $31,000, 

'Ladles and Gentlemen,' Beck (3d 
week) (C-1,214; $3.30). Advance sale 
and parties helped newcomer to 
more than $22,000 first full week, 

'Man Who Came to Dinner,' Music 
Box (3d week) (C-1,012; $3.30). This 
is the sock ^how of newcomers, with 
tickets in highest demand; got $19,- 
600 in second week, which is ca- 
pacity, plus standees. 

•Margin for Error,' Plymouth (Isl 
week) (D-1,036; $3.30). Presented by 
Richard Aldrich and Richard My- 
ers; written by Clare Boothc; post- 
poned from last week, opens Fri- 
day (3). 

•Pastoral,' Miller fist week) (C-944; 
$3.30). Priesented by Helen G. Bon- 
fils and George Somnes; written by 
Victor Wolfson; opens tonight (Wed- 
nesday); booked for three . weeks; 
'Ring Two' will get the house then. 

'Scandals,' Alvin (10th week J 
(R-1,337; $4.40). Slipped last week 
with estimated takings around $20,- 
000; moves tn Warners' Hollywood 
next week; 'Very Warm for May' 
next show here. 

'See My Lawyer,' Biltmore (Sth 
week) (C-991; $3.;iO). Dropped off 
also, with approximate gross around- 
$8,500; newcomers probable tau.se 
for decline; some profit at pace, how- 
ever, and should stick. 

•Skylark,' ■ Morcsco (3d week) 
(Cr961); $3.30). Has been .selling out 
since debut, with claimed takings 
around $19,(>00. 

•Straw Hat Revue,' Amba.ssador 
(Gth week) (R-1.156; $3.30). Not 
quite up to previous level but bet- 
tered even break with estimated 
$12,000. 

•StrecU of Piiris,' Broadhurst (20lh 
week) (R-l,U6i $4,40). Approaching 
end of fifth month and stronger now 
than early in engagement; rated at 

*^?Summer Night,' .St, James d.st | 'Goldcn Bov' OutpOintcd 

week) (C-1.520; $3,30). Presented , ™ i • 

by Louis E. Gensler; written by Vicki ' Jn Three Memphis ShOWS 
Baum and Benjamin F. Glazer; opens ' mr^—u.-c n„* ii 

tomorrow (Thursday). i Memphis, Oct. 31. 

The LHUe Foxes,' Natibnal i 38th i 'Golden Boy,' season's _ first ^ifoad- 



Montreiil, Oct. 31. 

Starting with .socko advance sales. 
■Charles tht King ' with Barry Jones I (D-1,163; $3.30). Slightly' off ' .show here, d'rew a weak $2,000 at 

and Je.<i.^ica Tandy, laded last half . ,3^^ week but still in the chip.s ■ Ellis Auditorium in two nights and a 
of last week and -ended somewhat. Qjgj around $15,000; stay in- 1 matinee last week. Legit Theatre 
(li.<iappomtmj.'ly with $8,000. Vehicle | definite. | Corp.'.s first in these parts was spon- 

was accorded lukewarm criticism. | .j^^ Philadelphia Story,' Shubert Sored jointly by Newspaper Guild 
Estimate for Last week | (32d week) 'C-1,307; $3,30). May | and Mr.";. Martha W. Angier, local 

'Charles the King' His Majesty's ; have contenders for gross honors but promoter. ^, , ^ , ^ ^. 

(1 600' $2,50). Six night.'.. lv,o mat.-!, I still getting best money, over $22,500, I Ativance ticket sale was about $3,-- 
Monday-Salurday i23-38), Disap- . 'Time of Yoor Life,' Booth i2d .SOO for 'Golden Boy.' Show got (iood 
pointing $8,000, I week) (CD-704; $3,30), Drtw fiivoi- notices. 



44 



VARIETY 



LEGITIMATE 



Wednesday, November 1, 1939 



Plays on Broadway 



TIME OF YOUR LIFE 

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biirrnii: nt the Oooili, N. V., opening Oct. 
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Kick C'linric? L>0 .shi'lm 

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Kllly I>uval..; Jnllo Ilnyilon 

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Arab. llou.selcy Sli'vi>ii.-. Sr. 

Mary I Olpsi^ HdIuio 

KruiM William Itoinlljc 

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A play about saloonatics, peopled 
with the dregs of San Francisco's 
waterfront, 'Time of Your Life" has 
its moments because of the excel- 
lence of its character bits, but that 
it will attract more than moderate 
patronage is doubtful. 

William Saroyan writes of particu-. 
lar interest to the literati and cer- 
tainly the critics. Time of Your 
Life' has plenty of color and types, 
plus the language that belongs in 
Nick's place, he play's main setting, 
described as 'the lousiest dive in 
town.' The talk is close to the limit 
of stage license.. There is. little story 
to the piece which ambles on 
through highlighted individual per- 
formances. 

Central characters are Joe, a 
philosophical stew, and Kitty, a - 
street walker, with whom Joe's shift- 
less stooge, Tom, falls in love. Much 
of the time Joe, played by Eddie 
Dowling sits , at a table sipping cham- 
pagne. The joint has the bubbly be- 
cause of him, since, seemingly, his 
funds are inexhaustible. He be- 
comes . interested in the wanton 
(Julie Haydon) because' he takes 
care of Tom with much the same 
type of affection as displayed be- 
tween the two similar characters, 
George and Lennie, in "Of Mice aiid 
Men.' 

Nick's is invaded by a vice squad 
dick and occasionally by cops with 
orders to keep , prostitutes out of the 
place. The manner in which the 
assorted characters have their 
innings is perhaps the play's chief 
interest There is a colored pianist, 
natural in such a spot, and a fellow 
from the desert who plays the har- 
monica. Both are good. So are the 
bar-fly and, particularly, a hoofer 
who is down and out and becomes a 
waiter. There also is a pinball 
player who spends all his time trying 
to beat thie gadget. Excellent interior 
Includes an ornate nickel music ma- 
china, which establishes the time of 
the play as the present. 

Third act is more animated than 



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the first two. It is then that the 
vice squad man is thrown out of the 
place when giving the works to 
Kitty and is shot offstage by a curi- 
ous individual billed as Kit Carson. 
Joe moves the girl from her dump 
hotel to the St. Francis and gets 
Tom a job as a truck driver. Feel- 
ing that his job is done, he tipsily 
wanders ott into the night. 

The character of Joe is distinctly 
similar to that which Dowling played 
last season in the ill-fated 'Here 
Come the Clowns.' Joe is a mystic, 
an individual whom no one knows 
intimately, spending his money like 
water, a friend of the down-trodden. 
Dowling impresses as giving a better 
performance than in 'Clowns.' It is 
a long part with the player ori stage 
most of the time. 

It is difficult to reconcile the ap- 
pearance of Miss Haydon in the part 
of a prostic. Surely it is a broad 
jump between her appearance last 
season as the saintly Bridget in 
•Shadow arid Substance' and her 
present characterization. Whereas 
the other types are believable, if 
strange, Kitty is anything but sexy. 

Gene Kelly is the hoofer and 
knows his stuff, adding action to 
a play that would sag without the 
varied bits that also include some 
music from Reginald Beane at the 
piaho and Houseley Stevens. Sr., 
with the rnouth organ. Doyle, as 
Carson: Charles De Sheim, who 
plays the proprietor; Tom TuUy, as 
a longshoreman; Curt Conway and 
Celeste Holme are among those who 
contribute efxcellent bits. . It is diffir 
cult to identify some of -the other 
players. 

Among the lurid lines are 'the 
16usie.<:t people in the world are 
writers'. . .'If I didn't drink, I'd be- 
come fascinated by unimportant 
things'... "I haven't got the heart to 
be. a heel.' 

it has been said of Saroyan that 
one can take him or leave him. That 
goes both for his writings and plays. 
However, there is no doubt that he 
has something on the ball as a crea- 
tive author. ibec. 



Plays Out of Town 



KEY LARGO 

Indianapolis, Oct. 30. 

Praina In proloK uml l»o KCl.s by llax- 
woll ,\n-leraoii: pi'ei*tfiiled by tbe Plny- 
wrlK<>i'< Co.; stars Paiil Muni: maKol by 
(inthrle Mi-cilnilc: sclilnBs. J" Mlelzlner: 
01 Ibo Knk-llsb OpiMM llDiihe; IndlanapulUi; 
openliiff (>. t. .'111. •iV: $::.3i) top. 

Vli-tiir D'.AIcalo.. .'ose Ferrer 

Xlinnio Churlert Klllb 

Jerrv '.Janu's t:rcKory 

.Monte. Alfred Etchcverry 

KlnK MiCloud... I'nul Muni 

sberirf C-ns\\ Unlpli Tboodoro 

I> Aleala Harold Jolinsrud 

.vie>;re Ij-Aleala l^ia llaiten 

fiace. ". Cralian Denton 

Corky; : H|i*b:il-d Cowdery 

Murillo frederlc Toiero 

Hunk., ; l.'arl Maiden 

I'rlaellla Kve AUbxlt 

Klllnrney Kuth Marob 

Mrs. Anronron Ooblle Hannelln 

Mr. Aaronsan Itli*biird DlMbop 

Mrs. Wbeeler.. Bibcl JackHOn 

Mr. Wtieeler Itl.'bard llarbee 

Oseoolti lloi-n William cballoe 

Fliiil Man 'lourLiI John Fenrnb-y 

■First. Woman Tnurlsl Norinft >Mllny 

Second Man ToiirUt HudKun $bnt\\-eU 

Kocond Woman Tourlai Helen Carroll 

.lohn Horn.... Averlll HnrrlH 

Sam..; Uud>on Sliotwoll 



THE POSSESSED 

Dr.inia In 15 ncencs, by George Sbdanoff, 
rrom U\6u!t from Doatoyevaky'a wriilnps, 
Ital'ilculnrl.v *The Posaessed,' translated ' by 
Elizabeth Ueynolda Hapgood: directed by 
Michael Chekhov; settlng.s and eostumci by 
M. Dobujinskyi l^rcsentcd -by Cbckbov 
I'beatrc Produetlon.i. at Lyceum, N, Y., 
Oft. LN. 'ap; $i.~:> top. 

Nicholas Stavrogln John Flynn 

Peter VerkhovcnsUI.. . . Woodrow Chambliss 

Governor ; .Uurke Clarke 

I.lsa Beatrice Straight 

Lieutenant Droadov Peter Tunnnrd 

Shntov .-IJInIr Cntting 

Mra. ■■S*tavroi;ln '.Ellen Van Volkenburg 

MartbiL .' Mary Lou Taylor 

Servant Tliomns J. Hucbes 

KIrllov Hurd Ilatdeld 

Fcdka Sam'Schatr 

J'residing Oftiecr...., Ronald Dennett 

Theorlut Sam Schalz 

Teacher Thomas J. Hughes 

Governor's Secretary... Bert firl.vom 

Officer Alnnzo KInkley 

Stranger , Reginald Pole 

At alternat'^ performahees the following 
.niaycra subatllute: Drosdov, Alonr.n Hlnk- 
ley: Martha. Katharine Ann' FauMer: 
Peilks, Peter Tunnard; Officer, Peter Tun- 
nnrd. 




In a burst of misguided enthusi- 
asm. Chekhov Theatre Productions, 
an offshoot of the Chekhov dramatic 
school at Ridgefleld. Conn., broueht 
this broductioh to Broadway. The 
result Is hound to be a bliphtinp re- 
ception, for Dromtsine as the show 
may have seemed in the friendly at- 
mosbhere of the studio, it's merely a 
stylized hore in the cold surround- 
inas of Times Square. 

Michael Chekhov, who staged It. Is 
a nenhew of the dramatist, a former 
member of the Moscow Art Theatre 
and the Hirecfor of the CheVhov 
':chooi. With the excpotion of Ellen 
Van Volkenburp. : Burke Clarke and 
Reginald Pole. th<» members of the 
cast are studienls there. 

'The Posses.'ied.' . which George 
ShdanolT h3.<: more or less extracted 
from the writings of Dostoyevsky. is 
a fierce dr.nma (in 15 scenes, with 
one intermis.sion) pbout revolution 
and the sniritipl adjustments it re 
auirp": of its followers. It contains 
considerable Wisdom relevant to 
currpnt times, and its ohilosophic 
conclusion.-: are lofty, but it is fve- 
ouentlv obtuse and occasionally 
clumsv In construction. It particu- 
larly lacks cohesive drive. 

Unfortunatelv Chekhov's direction 
necenluatPS tho'e faults. The ulnv- 
iiw is elfbnratelv sfvlized in a mood 
of vehPment inten.sltv. As with nnv 
unvarvins r\orossion. the oerform- 
nnrp nre.senflv bPPOP'ies monotonous 
.•<nd >">ncp '>x''"T.':sionlcsf. The occa- 
sionallv rffective pioment<; B'-e nn- 
naventlv lanses into. relaxed nlayin.i!. 

.Tohn FIvnn is a uainfully pon- 
strlcted rpntral char-'ctcr about 
whom cw'vl the ponflict'"" tides 
of rpvniutionpvv Ideas. Woodrow 
Chn'Tibliss i< (llstrpssirxjlv mannered 
as the orot-><<onist of nrfitrccc-hv- 
vlolpnce. Bp-^t'-ipp Stra>''i>t. Wiir 
i^iittipfi Hip-fi Kntfipld and Kilpn V.->n 
Volirenb"v<» nlnv as thof'h tied in 
knots. Put Marv Lou Tavlor hr>.s' 
5e\-<»'-i pflfpptivp moments, and Beci- 
nald pplp 's af'pfii'.itp in a oushovpr 
"art. M. Dnhininsky's sMtinTs arp in 
i-he imoression'slic mode. Vcord- 
'n" to renort. 'Tim Pi.sspsspd* Is m- 
relod b.*f nnp of jhe Icidni.t niavpv.s. 

Rplip. 



Sh«rwood Andersoii wants to say 
that it is better to die and keep faith 
than to live and lose it, and tells it 
in a prolog and two acts in 'Key 
Largo.' 

Prolog opens on a mountain top in 
Spain durini; the civil war. Paul 
Muni, as King MeCloud, discovers 
that the enemy is about to attjtck a 
mountain top post where, including 
himself, five men have been loft by 
retreating forces. He believes the 
cause is lost, and deserts, leaving the 
others to die for their ideal. 

The second and third acts are set 
in. Key Largo. Fla. Muni has visited 
the parents of the foiir slain soldiers. 
The home of the D'AIcalas in Key 
Largo is his last stop. The father of 
his war buddy is blind, while the 
sister, played by Uta Hagen, is a 
winsome miss who has been imbued 
with the family ideals. 

Gamblers have set up shop on the 
Key. with Frederic Tozere, as Mu- 
rillo, fleecing tourists with a crooked 
roulette wheel. As a result of a 
gaming argument a man has been 
killed by Murillo and his body sunk 
in the gulf waters. 

Muni arrives, but is not iorgiven 
by the father, who had fought for 
the defending army in Spain. How- 
ever, Muni is invited to remain, as 
his presence might serve to discour- 
age Murillo. who has designs on the 
girl. In a showdown between Muni 
arid the gambler, the former's in- 
tense desire to live at all costs causes 
him to back down in a gaitg dual. 

The final act is weighed down with 
long speeches by Muni and D'Alcala. 
Muni states his case, citing the futili- 
ty of the political, social and eco- 
nomic system; D'Alcala defends 
idealism. About 10 minutes is wasted 
in wordage, with the speeches of 
both Muni and D'Alcala sounding 
like a Sunday afternoon radio ad- 
dress by Father Coughlin. Muni vin- 
dicates himself at the final curtain by 
killing the gam-bler. and is hirnself 
killed by one of the gambler's hench- 
men. 

The star does excellently in a role 
which will have to be trimmed plenty 
for Broadway showing. The audi- 
ence opening night was restless dur- 
ing the last act, as the point was too 
often obscured because the lines 
wandelred oft the main theme. 

Settings by Jo MIelziner are excel- 
lent; lighting effects superb. The 
mountain-top prolog setting and the 
wharf in the first act are esoecially 
eye-appealing. Guthrie McClintic's 
direction could give supporting mem 
bers of the cast more to do in re- 
actions. Kiley. 

PASTORAL 

Baltimore. Oct. 28. 

Comedy in three nets by VIclor Wolfaon- 
pre.'ii'nfecl by IJonnia anl Saninen; staged 
by George .Somne.i; setting. .Tohn Root: at 
tho Maryland, Baltini.jre. Oct. 21, '3D- 
?'-'.22 to!>. 

Wonderful Glory fieorgetu Ifarvey 

.•iam Ten Crock Charles Lang 

'■•■■l<'» n.ibert r.ol.pon 

'■■•"■■•y John Phllllber 

Ingeborg Uuth Wnalon 

^'.''hKO John Flanner 

J>f,''"i> • Virginia c.imiibell 

I^'I'dt William Nichols 

i^nS'l" I'idy I'arrlflh 

Reef Ta Uanlan cornel Wlldo 

[ nlher f;lodsell Morton L. Stevens 

P.'r'-v, '■'K'H Wade 

J-'l^ May i;innra mum 

•'■'""M , James Waters 

Srira_^Ten nnvk Frieda Altnian 

?..M. ''''""S"""' Wnllaee Acton 

Wilton Graft 



This new producing attempt by 
Bonnis and Somncs is a rather mud- 
dled, incoherent attempt at .sophisti- 
cated comedy. It's involved in plot; 
overdrawn in characterization and 
unreal in dialo.!». 

Story deals with the middle-aged 
fcmme in search of 'live and \6vc' 
and her final collision with fact. In 
its -bfe.Siint shape it will need heroic 
revision and much smarter pacing 
to make pay dirt out ■ of the few 
transient sparks that are only occa- 
sionally evident. 

Ingeborg (Ruth Wctonl has been 
Jiving with Gcnko (John Banner^, 
for whom she Iptt her husband. Her 
son and daughter, grown up. have 
accented Genko to. the point of glad- 
ly chipoing in with allowances pro- 
vided thcni by their father, to main- 
tain the impecunious menage, He's 
n charmin.g giiy, this Genko, when 
he isn't being hurried by fears of 



Inside Stuff-Legit 



'Forty-five Minutes Past Eight,' by Ward Morehouse (Dial Press, $2.50'i, 
is more or less a personal history of one of the veterans of Bro?.dway the- 
atrical reporting. It is crammed with names, but contains little that -will 
be news or information to readers of his 'Broadway After Dark' column in 
the New York Sun except a few anecdotes, opinions and observations. Book 
takes mild slaps at several Broadway figures (fellow-columnists Leonard' 
Lyons (Post) and George Ross (World-Telegram) and the Leland Hayward 
agency, for instance), but in general should cause little offense. 

Above all, it again illustrates Morehouse's unique talent for making 
Broadway seem glamorous to the. reader. As if to explain his knack in 
that regard, he writes in the next-to-last page: 'I shall probably always 
stay in newspaper work, regardless ot other activities. The feel for it, 
the zest for it, is not something that you acquire;. It's something that's 
always been a part of you. I find that I have retained all of the excitement 
and enterprise and wide-eyed curiosity that I had when I was doing police 
reporting in Atlanta.' ^ 



Jack Kirkland, who dramatized 'Tobacco Road' and 'Tortilla Flat' and 
authored 'I Must Love Sofneone,' was around Broadway last week with his 
a little finger out of commission, but averred the damaged digit was not 
caused by a fistic encounter. Claimed he hurt it playing football down on 
his farm in Bucks Couiity, Pa. 

Writer's last known scrap was when he took a poke at Richard Watts, 
of the Herald Tribune, whose notice on 'Tortilla' was disliked by Kirkland. 
That little affair came off in Jack Bleeck's Artists and Writers Cafe, and 
friends of the critic dusted oft the author. Last season Kirkland ribbed 
the critics in ads over their comments on 'Someone,' which played lor 
some time, but ended far in the red. 



Milton Berle's contract for the leading part In 'See My Lawyer,' at the 
Biltmore, N. Y.. is understood to call fof a minimum of $200 a week, pliia 
a sliding scale based on the gross. Reported he's been getting about $S00 
a week as a result of the comedy's profltable business. Sliding salary deals 
are usual with George Abbott, producer ot 'Lawyer.' Idea is that it auto- 
matically adjusts the cast's salaries to the show's boxofflce pace. There- 
fore, when the grosses slide off. the producer doesn't have to go to Equity 
for a cut, the sliding arrangement automatically taking care of that. 

Ezra Stone, who directed 'Lawyer' for Abbott, went into the comedy this 
week in place of Norman Tokar. Latter replaced Robert Griffith, who 
becariiie stage manager. 



Another member of the Bankhead family Is about to embark on a stage 
career. She is Tallye Dunston, cousin of Tallulah's, who has joined actin.; 
company of Pittsburgh Playhouse, and will make her debut here next week 
in ingenue lead of 'I Want a Policeman.' Miss Dunston has had no pre- 
vious professional experience, having studied in New York under Frances 
Robinson-Duff and played this summer with newly-organized Green Hills 
Playhouse in Reading Pa. In private life, she is Mrs, James McKcc, wife of 
the Playhouse's head electrician, whom she met only a few montlis ago in 
Reading. A sister of Miss Dunston's, Louise Lamarit, is also in the theatre. 
She had a role on Broadway last season in the Marc Connelly production, 
'Everywhere I Roam.' 



Judge M. A. Musmanno, of Common Pleas bench in Allegheny county, 
Pennsylvania, has just finished revisions on his anti-war play, 'Last Full 
Measure,' bringing it up to date, and it should be making the man-o.gerial 
rounds again in a couple of weeks. Drama was first tried out in Pittsburgh 
two summers ago by the South Park Players, local summer group, but re- 
ceived only lukewarm notices at that time. 

Musmanno was co-author of original story from which Warners fashioned 
Paul Muni's 'Black. Fury' in 1934, and recently had a hook, 'After 12 Years.' 
published on the Sacco-Vanzctti case, in which he interceded during iU 
closing stages. 'Measure' is his first play. 



Characters in Paul Osborne's 'Mornings at Seven,' which Dwight Deera 
Wima'n has in rehearsal, are said to be based on actual persons, in most 
cases the author's relatives. Comedy, which deals with the romance of a 
juvenile ot 40 and ingenue ot 39, was completed late last summer, after 
Osborne had visited Ohio to gather additional background. 



immigration officers or his Bulgarian 
countrymen coming after him as a 
deserter from the navy. Marriage 
would solve his problem, but ro- 
mantic Ingeborg wants 'life and 
love.' 

Borrowing sufTicient funds to pro- 
vide a down payment, they purchase 
a farmhouse in the fjolhills of the 
Catskills. Lite would be one pas- 
toral romp hereafter, with every- 
body, including the help, cooperat- 
ing. and being paid oK with chirping 
birds, mooing cows and coffee and 
sherry in the afternoon. The un- 
usual household soon attracts the at- 
tention ot the neighboring gentry, 
however, and complaints are aired 
about the goings-on, particularly the 
nude bathing which is a big feature 
of the plan to 'love and live.' 

One of the nearby rustics, Sam 
Ten Brock (Charles Lang), an earthy 
young fellow, is attracted to the new 
neighbors, particularly the daughter. 
Unfortunately, however, Ingeborg 
mistakes his. intentions as being 
aimed in her direction, and liking it, 
she starts airing Gcnko. 

Sam's' sister, a crippled meanie, 
enlists the aid of the landlord to buy 
the farm away frorii the interlopers 
who have upset the quiet of the 
countryside. There are further com- 
plications all around, antj where 
once romance and rural charm ruled 
unrestrained, sadnes.s, suspicion and 
sheer cussedncss takes hold. It all 
comes out in the wash, however, 
after much irnprobable and impos- 
sible twisting, with Willie (Wilton 
Graff), Inge's deserted husband, 
coming on for a brief, but very help- 
ful, moment in order to salvage a 
victory for — yes, 'life and love.' 

Miss Weston struggles bravely 
with the material and Banner gives 
the lamster admiral a musical com- 
edy drawing in the best continental 
•t*wHtiori. Setting by Jofin Root is 
standout. Burm. 



Scripts 



Miami Stock House 

Miami Beach playhouse, to be 
completed in December, will open 
Jan. 0 with 'Susan and God.' ' It will 
operate as a stock house with a 
weekly change of bill. Sen.son will 
run 12 weeks. Will have an Equity 
company, but no name.";. 

Gant Gaither is managing the spot. 
Glenn Jordan is slated to direct. 



Justin Sturm, whose 'I Know What 
i Like' is being readied for produc- 
tion by Richard Skinner, is already 
at work on a new comedy. intendPd 
as a vehicle for Jane Cowl. No 
title as yet. 

Harold G, Hoffman, former gov- 
ernor of New Jersey, has written a 
one-acter, 'Nor Long Remember . . . ,' 
which Samuel French is handling. 

Lew Lipton and Ralph Muri)hy 
have adapted 'Lambs Will Gamble' 
from an original story by Buster 
Keaton. Script has nothing to do 
with the Lambs' Club, whose Gam- 
bols aren't spelled that way. 

Jim Tully has writlcn a nevv one. 
'God Loves the Irish,' whiirh Samuel 
French is agcnting. 

Reginald LeBorgr, the Hollywood 
director, has authored a libretto, 
'Hail Columbia.' Samuel French has 
it In tow. 

Robert J. Lumet and Bert Child 
are dickering with another nianager 
for their. 'Three. Steps Down.' which 
George Abbott formerly held under 
option. Lumet is. an actor and Child 
Is program manager ot station 
WBBC, Brooklyn. 

Elizabeth - Youngr has written 
'Where the Heart Is Young.' Thr; 
author isn't to be confu::ed with 
either of the former actresses ot the 
same name, both ot whom have mar- 
ried and retired from the theatre. 

Joseph C. Schrank has completed 
'Low Pressure, or the Slumbering 
Giant.' 

David Bela.sco Howard Jias adapted 
'Obediently Yours' from his radio 
series, 'Peter Absoluti?.' It is a co;;- 
tume drama with music. Hc'.s also 
the author of 'Recessional.' which 
the Brandt & Brandt office is han^ 
dling, and is now working" on a new 
play. 

Charles Reginald Jackson. radii< 
and fiction writer, is complcling a 
drama, 'Loving Offenders,' which Le- 
land Hayward will haridle. Titl<- 
is taken from a Shakespeare son- 
net. 



Wednesday, November 1, 1939 



CONCERTS--UTERATI 



VARIETY 



4S 



L iterati 



N. Y. News' Salute to Deuell 

The New York Daily Ne\ys yester- 
ciay (Tuesday) ran this lead editorial: 

'The News has a rule not to 
print' obituary editorials. Because 
it is difficult to judge fairly a 
per:>on who has jgst died. And 
however you judge him, it is tra- 
ditional that you should say noth- 
ing about him except good. 

'But we want to .say that in 
.he case of Harvey Deuell, our 
managing editor, who died Sun- 
day afternoon, there wa.s ah al- 
most unanimous feeling through- 
out this organization ot grief and 
affection for him as a friend and 
of respect for him as a crafts- 
man.' 

One of the highest paid newspaper 
execs in the country, Deuell, 49, died 
gf a heart attack near Tcaneck, N. J., 
while driving to ihe office of his 
paper. He began his newspaper ca- 
reer on the old Denver Republican, 
became city editor ot the Chicago 
Tribune in 1919, and subsequently 
editor of Liberty Magazine. When 
Liberty was acquired by Bernarr 
Macfadden, Deuell came to N. Y. as 
c.e. of the News, later becoming 
assistant m.e. and subscquentliy m.e. 
upon the resignation of Frank J. 
Hause. 

His widow, the former Henrietta 
E. G. Kinley, was <i war correspond- 
ent before her marriage, using the 
name Peggy Hjjll. 

His home was .in Cornwall-on-the- 
Hudson, where a funeral service will 
be held this (Wed.) afternoon. 



Swanson, Aear Vpped 

Two prominent book writers who 
still stick to the newspaper biz as 
their basic activity are skedded for 
promotions which will -aise them to 
tops in their craft. Neil Swanson is 
to be upped shortly to managing edi- 
torship of the Baltimore Evening 
Sun, and Herbert Agar becomes ed- 
itor-in-chief of the Louisville (Ky.) 
Courier-Jouriial around the first of 
the year. 

S\.anspn, a.ssistant m.e. of the Sun, 
has penned a number l> historical 
novels, some of them in the best- 
seller class. He succeeds J. Edwin 
Murphy, m.e. of the Sun for nearly 
20 years. 

Agar is a Pulitzer Prize-winner for 
his book, 'The People's Choice," and 
has authored many other volumes. 
He's been associate editor of the 
Courier-Journal. 



LITERATI OBITS ' 

Charles J. Fox, 66, former pub- 
lisher of the Police Gazette and .son 
of nichard K. Fox, founder of the ■ 
mag, died Oct. 25 in Pasadena, Cal. , 

Martin F. Moore, 83, vet newspa- | 
perman, died Oct. 28 in New York. ! 
Had served the United Press and 
N.Y. Sun, and had been a cable ed- 
itor for the LafTan News Bureau. 

Ethel Wheeler Brown, 51, novelist 
and short story writer, and wife of 
Constantine Brown, foreign editor of 
the Washington Star, died Oct. 29 at 
Port Royal, Va. 

J. W. Johnson, 85, retired Ohio 
newspaper publisher and writer, 
died in Circleville. O., Oct. 15. He 
was a past president oi the Buck- 
eye Press Association. Until three 
years ago he conducted' a column in 
the Chicago Journal of Commerce, 
'As J. W. J. Sees Life.' 



Ballet Reviews 



BALLET RUSSE 

(DEVIL'S HOLIDAY) 



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and picluresquene.s.s. All the tl;inrfs 
are graphic and most of them have 
a fairly clear story. Some are com- 
; paratively violent and scveiril ha,ve 
; touches of sly wit. One i.s a \ (ical 
I offering by the entire group, with 
I some laughable pantomime. The 



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Krc^Iprlck ..Aalicon, BcciU'ry nml viisluMios by 

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'Kampf Suit Sets Precedent 

The ruling of the U. S. Supreme 
Court that the Houghton MlfTIin Co. 
owns a valid American copyright to 
Adolf Hitler's book, 'Mein Kampf,' Is 
significant in that it establishes a 
precedent for the protection in this 
country of literary works of state- 
less persons. Ironically, it will aid 
many of those very persons who 
were forced to flee Germany because 
of differences with the Fuehrer's 
ideology. 

The finding of the" high court re- 
sulted from the action of Stackpole 
Sons in publishing concurrently with 
Houghton Mifflin an American edi- 
tion of the Hitler work. Argued by 
Stackpole it was free to. do so be- 
cause Hitler's German publishers 
had described the Fuehrer as 'state- 
less' at the time of the U. S. copy- 
right application. 

A lower court, in granting a tem- 
porary injunction against Stackpole, 
mentioned the imfairne.ss of lack of 
copyright protection for stateless 
scribblers residing in the IT. S., and 
held it to be contrary to American 
tradition. 



Tbe Talkinir Book 

Advertising men William Adams 
and John A. Drake have worked out 
.a new idea in books which they call 
The Talking Book. Calls for a pho- 
nograph record to supplement book- 
reading matter, the whole providing 
a see-and-hear ot garnering Action 
and fact. 

Pair have organized the Talking- 
Book Corp. of America to promote 
their new combo reading affair, but 
for the time being will market their 
Talking Books throuah Doubleday 
Doran's affiliate, the Carden City 
Publishing Co. 

Starter will be a talking book for 
juves to~be called 'Mother Goose Pa- 
rade.' Book proper was done by 
Charlotte Steiner, with the sound 
accompaniment written by Carolyii 
Adams, and sung and recited by 
Alice Remscn. 



Syndicates Comics Mac 
Evidence of the growth of the 
comics mags is that the sponsors of 
these pubs are now offering their 
comics strips to the newspapers. It 
was not so long ago that the new.s- 
tapers ■ were offering their comics 
strips to the mags. 

Syndicate has been formed by 
Vincent S. Fox, head ot Fox Publi- 
cations, which has a host of the 
comics mags. Fox will .syndicate the 
chief ot his strips to the papers. 



Seek German Type Boycott 

Handbills have been sent to ad- 
vertising agencies and other large 
u.sers of printing, requesting them 
not to specify German type faces in 
their orders. Circulars were drawn 
up by the (graphic Arts Forum, 
group ot prominent names in print- 
ing advertising, art and publishing. 

On the handbills is a list of Nazi- 
made type faces. Opposite each 
name is an American-made lace or 
faces that correspond in appearance 
and use to the German. Most or- 
derers of printing didn't know the 
faces they were specifying were 
made in the Reich and there has 
been a sharp detour from them since 
the information went out. 



Tburber's 'La.sl Flower* 
Harper will issue a new James 
Thurber book , on Nov. 15, but it 
won't be the one previously an- 
nounced for that date. Publishing 
house had already manufactured 
Thurber's 'Fables for Our Time' 
when the author phoned and said he 
had written a new book, 'The Last 
Flower.' It is a story about the last 
man, the last woman and the last 
flower in the world. 

Publishers agreed to replace the 
other Thurber work on the schedule. 



Po.stal's Fact Crime Magr 
Postal Publications enters the fact 
crime mag field with the conversion 
of Complete Detective Cases from a 
fiction pulp. First issue of the new. 
slick goes on the stands this week 
as a bi-monthly. It s expected to go 
monthly early next year. 

Editor of Complete Detective Cases 
is Gene Fornshell. He's been on the 
rewrite' staff of the N.Y, .Journal 
American, and has been turning out 
tact crime stuff for various pubs for 
the past 10 years. 



Rivkin, Spieeelcass Chores 

Two Hollywood scenarists are cur- 
rently brushing up writing chores in 
New York. 

Allen Rivkin is putting the finish- 
ing touches to 'Wooden Empire,' 
coming down from his Vermont 
farm to .set spring publication ot the 
book. Leonard Spiegelgass is bang- 
ing out a serial contracted for by 
Good Housekeeping mag. 

Grey's Pos.t-Moelem Works 

With a new novel, 'Western Union.' 
published almost simultaneous with 
his death. Zane Grey also left a 
number of other completed and re- 
vised manu.scripts for publication. 

In his la.st letter to his publisher. 
Harper, Grey arranged the publica- 
tion of three of these novels, 'Thirty 
Thousand On the Hoof,' 'The Young 
George. Washington' and 'The Fi on- 
lier Wife' 



Exiles' Literary Reiufree 

With so many literary exiles from 
totalitarian lands in the U. S., a pub- 
'lishlng corhpany has been formed in 
New York to bring out the literary 
crealTohs pt these emigres exclusive- 
ly. Company has appropriately been 
named Exiles Press and has lined up 
an ambitious schedule. 

First books to be put out under 
the new imprint will be 'Farewell to 
Walden,' by Florence Becker, and 
'Some Poems of Rimbaud,' by Ar- 
thur Rimbaud. Books will be paper* 
bound and will sell at a nominal 
orice. 



New Zanesvllle Daily 

New daily, the News, has begun 
publication in Zanesville, O. Pub- 
lisher is Earl J. Jones and James 
Alexander is managing editor. News 
is to appear evenings and Sundays. 

Zanesville, city ot less than 40,000 
population, has two other papers, the 
Times-Recorder, morning, and Sig- 
nal, evening. Both are published by 
the Zanesville Publishing Co., head- 
ed by W. O. Litlick. 



CHATTER 

Palee Publishing Co. formed 
Louis Payne. 

O. E. Schoeffler is Esquire's new 
fashion editor. 

John Rhode, whose 'Elm Tree 
Murder' has just appeared, is really 
Cecil Street. 

Barnwell Elliott has set up .m or- 
ganization to publish books on ten- 
nis subjects. 

Henry F. Kern, Jr.. the scribbler, 
takes Janet C. Mackenzie as his 
bride next month. 

Crowell-Collicr Publishing Co. will 
suspend its Country Home mag with 
the December issue. 

Thomas IJreicr, who edits Vaga- 
bond Magazine, has gone to his win- 
ter place at Snell Isle, Fla. 

Bruce Bliven, Jr., ^has been nam<;d 
ah . editorial writer on the New 
York Post. He's son of the associate 
editor of the New Rspublic mag. 

Present status of television will 
be told by Philip Kerby, ot NBC, in 
his book, "The Victory of Television,' 
which Harper brings out this month. 

Jean Hugard's 'Modern Magic 
Manual' appears soon, the officers 
and members of the . Society of 
American Magicians having giv^sn it 
their okay. 

Walt Disney closed deal with King 
Features to deliver a half-page Don- 
ald Duck cpmic on Sundays in ad- 
dition to the daily strip. New lay- 
out starts Dec. 10. 

Bernard Smith, who's with Knopf, 
will have a book published by 
Doubleday, and Philip Van Doren 
Smith, of Simon and Schuster, is 
doing a volume for Modern Library. 

Gil Babbit, former press agent of 
WPEN, Philadelphia, now writing 
/the go.ssip- column in the Philly Rec- 
ord under the stock byline of 
Cecil Pennyteather 
James J. Keeney. 

The Belleville (III.) Daily Ad- 
vocate, which has had Abraham 
Lincoln and Mark Twain among its 
contributors, last week celebrated its 
100th anniversary of publication with 
a 128-page edition. 

P.E.N. Club gave its first dinner 
ot the season last night (Tuesday) 
in N. Y. with C. S. Forester, Julian 
Green, Anne Green, Ida A. R. Wylie, 
B. W. Hucbsch and Bessie Bealty 
among the litterateurs who spoke. 

Alex Murphree, San Antonio 
newspaperman, has been named 
publicity director of city ot San 
Antonio. Replaces John Babcock. 
who resigned to become city editor 
of the Au.stin (Texas) Daily Tribune. 

Esquire's music editor, Carleton 
Smith, off on a South American 
jaunt in search of old Inca and Aztec 
folk-lore. .Smith has a fine collec- 
tion of Caucasion and Lapp folk 
songs that he made on a 40,000 trip 
around thr Soviet Union. 

N. Y. Newspaper Women's Club 
will hold another lecture course on 
various a.spects of newspaper work 
starting tonight (Wednesday) with a 
number of prominent new.spaper 
workers as lecturers. • Cour.se will be 
held in the club's headquarters. 
First lecturer is Hugh Baillic, prez 
ot United Press. 



Dollum Uuera llouxe, .N'. V., Out. JU, "iV: 
(up. 

rrlncli>alR: . Alpxnndni. OBnilova, . NHlbiille 
Krii».«iv.skii, Tiiiiiinii (^Hiitli*. Siiimn .^oiiien- 
ftfr. l'*r**loi-|fi Kr'iinklin, ^Hil-IK-h, 
.Mtu'c i'lMt'utr, .Kubui'l Irwin, . .AIi'XhikIci* 
<jOU<rnvltch. 

l^D.icmble; Mlloa. Flolat, I.iUH-:i. T.o.ln- 
novii, Viillfin, Gr:intxt.v:(, Ci- b.y.iinvn, .N'livi- 
kova, KorJlnRkR, ' Kelvi>ov..'ka; J1 iKhtower, 
Klbi;rldKC, Mluflnva. lt4iH5iitii, WIIHhiuh, 
..irurpiivu : MllIP; MU-hc) K:Ui'li:il'ftfr, .'<i'-hii- 
ln.^ IJprrpoff, Th<imnj4 Annniii-. 0»i'i.« \"ol- 
kiiir. Coilkiii, JlPlsky, KiiklK'h. l)ii'k>.<.ii, 
Olb II, Slecle, Suirbiirk, .MIKfii. 



(CAPRICCIO ESPAGNOL) 



the oriental mode ot design. 

Devi Dja dances a number of . the 
featured parts. She also hsmdles 
the artistic and busine.<:s airiinge- 
ments ot the troupe. At the Sunday 
evening (29) performance the house 
was nearly tuU and attendance has 
been excellent tor other perform- 
ances to date. Company, which 
numbers about 30, including the 
native' orchestra, is comparatively 
expensive to troupe, but is guaran- 
teed at least some break becau.se it 
is booked on a subscription basis by 
Columbia Concerts Corp.- If shrewd- 
ly handled, it should draw fairly 
profitable extra attendance. Hobc. 



Ttalk-t tn nh«i ROPne, by T.fOliblu M;iy.sinP. 
inusit: by Uliii:iky- Kur^'akofr. .-Ii'ti (-iiKi'ii I'liy 
by .M.iM.^lne In f*,ill!ilMM'iilli,n wlili Ai-K,'iili- 
nUn, srciiPVy unit c«)flluini:t* by .Marbiiii, .An- 
ai-iiU. rondiH-li-iI by ICrrf-ii) Kurt-/,. 1'i->><lii«-ei1 
by llalb'L HII..IHA Oc .Miinlp t'alln: |,i'>.)'t.|il »,l 
by' s. Jliirok, Hi .SfetntplUan <iiicra Jlousc, 
.v. Y.. ivt. L>7. 'au; Jil.Mil l.iii. 

rriiii.liial..:; .M bi Sbivriii»ka, .\lc-Minrtra 
D.inlbiva, i.eoi)l<l« Mtt!>.siile, .<Midi'«a Kglov- 
sky. 

KiiROinble: MMch. Mui-ra. VMutal, I'baiiil*-, 
.Si\;irpuva, Novlkova, Kniiii-H, . Uniub-nko. 
ItoRiujn, GvanC/.ttva. MlHdovn, ytflezmiva. 
Kiurrrl, Ortova; .Mm. .'^i?nw.iiii(T, .Vriiioiir, 
Cnilkln. nPl-esoff. Db-kSdn; t;lbyf,i) Knlt-bH- 
lorr, SlrelP. '/.orlll-b. Volkotr, KoklO'h, 
Ji'wiii, .SUrbuck, .Milton. 



New Ballet Group 
To Vie As Concert 
Rival toNBCCBS 



For its ninth American sea.son, the 
Ballet Russe is offering. six new bal- 
lets, ..t>vp of which it t^rcsented 
Thursday (26) andJFriday' (2T). Cur- 
rent engagement at the Metropolitan 
Opera House, N. Y., is slated to con- 
tinue through mid-November, after 
which the troupe will embark on its 
nationwide trek. 

Last Thursday's premiere, already 
postponed two weeks, almo.st didn't 
come off at all. Several of the prih- 
cipal dancers were caught in Europe 
by the war and had been unable to 
get passage to . the U. S. However, 
the last members finally arrived on' 
the Rotterdam the morning of the 
opening, had a rehearsal that after- 
noon and managed to get the curtain 
up on time tor the preem — something 
ot an achievement itself. Under the 
circumstances, the wonder isn't that 
the two new ballets, 'Devil's Holiday' 
and 'Capriccio Espagnol,' are .some- 
what rough, but that they could be 
presented at all. Both need moi'e 
rehearsal, but both are surprisingly 
smooth, considering everything. 
Devil's Holiday' is the longer 



The Ballet Theatre, new terp 
group, is laying' plans to buck NBC 
and Cps concert bookings through^ 
put the U. S. Stand ot four to six 
weeks in New York, .set to. .start ' 
about Jan. 4, will be made in a legit 
hou$e, as yet unbooked. Date will 
tee off the group. 

Six-week tour of the country will 
follow the N. Y. engagement^ In- 
stead of sticking to small towns 
which NBC and CBS bookings never 
hit. Ballet Theatre will confine iUself 
to metropolitan centers, battling the 
major' bookers on their owji ground. 
Other indie concert organizations, 
such- as -Ballet Caravan, manage to 
arrange profitable engagements only 
by cultivating the sticks. 

Plan ot Alexander Kahn, managing 
director of the new organization, is 
to set up his own ticket-selling and 
promotional organization in those 
towns where TIBC and CBS reps 
won't handle his group. Kahn is a 
former Boston newspaper editor and 
rhore elaborate and likely to be the . was for years a Parisian opera im- 
Babbit replaced niore popular of the two. To Vin- I presario. His assisUnt is Richard 
cenza Tommasini's development of ; pjcasant, who last year managed the 
Paganmis 'Carnival in Venice, it I Mordkin ballet, which the new.- or- 
iels a simple little ballet story, with,: U,o *»t,o„ -„ _ . 
a wealth of lively color and striking ^f^^^'P^ haf. taken over in part, 
costumes. There is some excellent \ " addition, placed under con- 
pantomime and the dancing is al- i tract eight well known choreograph 
ready nearly up to the Monte Carlo 
standard. Alexandra Danilova, one 
of the veterans ot the troupe, dances 
charmingly as the girl, with Frederic 
Franklin brilliant as the l>oy, Marc 
Platoff .scoring as the devil and 
Nathalie Krassovska as a gyp.sy laS.s. 

'Capriccio Espagnol' is an even 
simpler piece, offering a less graphic 
story than 'Holiday' and less spec- 
tacular dancing scope. Mia Sla- 
vanska and Leonide Massinc, in 
black wigs and colorful costumes, 
highlight this Spanish-slyle dance, 

the final moments of which mount to i „, ri»-:i t> . r..-^,,. t , - 

an arousing pilch. !^'"*' " °' p"'' ^ - ^"6*"^, V 

Busine.ss at both the first two bills I '"f. the Ballet Caravan, and .lo.se 
was considerably more than capacity I Fernandez, who has done legit and 
of the ample Met and. from indica- 1 film dunce staging, 
tion.s, the Monle Carlo should aK»in The new troupe consists of .50 In 
score a hefty boxoffice success. The ] the principal group, plus a .specinl 
only ballet troupe that ha.s been able ■ ^,n\\. ni 20 Negroes and another of 12 
to retain the traditional air of K'am- ! e_„,,.„i, ,>np,(»trc 

our that pnce surrounded the old , ^P«»'sh dancers. 

Russian ballet, the company seems | 
headed for an even more successful 
tour than in previous sea.soiis. It-" 
pcrsonnel is at least count to former 
years and its reputation has been 
steadily growing. Hobc. 



ers in its elTorts to break in on the. 
principal ballet, the Sol Hurok-NBC- 
bookcd Ballet Russe de MonLe Carlo. 

No other ballet, including the 
Monte Carlo, has ever had more than 
three choreographers. The B.illet 
Theatre's ballet directors include 
Mikhail Mordkin; Michel Fokine. lor-- 
merly ot the Monte Carlo; Adolph 
Bohn, ot the San Francisco Opera; 
Antony 'Tudor, ot the Sadler's Wells 
Opera House, London; Andree How- 
ard, of the London ballet; Agitrs de 



Bali and Java Dancers 



I .■ f-|,i-rl(iry «(■ nnll.vi. <lafi«-*-s. fi-n L'f i hit' 
Ilnivi lija, Willi (,*iiin.'bin n-tivc dir-bcwl ra ; 
ilhcrlid by .V. I'ii-ill.i: |.i,»>iii-d bl- i-i.liii,i. 

biK (''.nrt-i'iM i-iiip. ; lit iiip-tiuild 1 11..11 1 1 V, 1 local, orchestra. 



DrI. 1'" 



NEW PERIODICALS 
United Stales Navy Magazine, to 

be.publi.shcd by Joseph Gilbert. In- 
tended as the naval counterpart: to 
the mag. Our Arhiy. Publication 
headquarters, in New York. 

Everywoman's Magazine, monthly 
pub tor femmes, to sell for 3c. Dis- 
tribution will be via retail eslablish- 
mente, the mag's sponsors eschew- 
ing Ihe regular mag outlets. 

Mmlcal Key, fortnightly mag on 
musie Publisher is Neil Fromer 
Harrison, wilh publication office in 
New York. 



Symph to Give 6 Concerts 
At the H'wood Pantages v. 

Hollywood, Oct, 31. 

Philharmonic Symphony orchestra Currently in the second year of its 
closed a deal for six concerts at the j wo'rl'd tour, this troupe from Bali 
Pantages theatre, Hollywood, in ad- 
dition to its regular schedule at the 
auditorium in ' downtown Los An- 
geles 



Hollywood dales are Jan. 25-26 and 
' Feb. 8-9-22-23. Leopold Slokow.ski 
I conducts the opener. 



St. L. Symph to Tour 

St. Loui!!, Oct. 31. 

Eighteen cities in nine midwest 
states will be visited by the St. 
Louis symph diiring its 60th .season 
that gets under way Friday (3). 

Vladimir Golschmann is back for 
his ninth con.secutive jear as baton- 
waver. 



New M'kee Unit Would 
Replace WPA Symph 

Milwaukee, Oct. 31. 
Milwaukee's already uncertain fii- 
i lure a.s to a symphony orcheslra was 
I f urther clouded Wednesday (25) by 
an announcement that a new organi- 
. zation had been formed to ba(k a 
This group would 
call itself the Milwaukee Com- 
munity Concert Association and its 
, orchestra prissumably would take 
I the place of the federally backed 
linit lhat played last summer in local 
parks. 

Plans include the sale of 150.000 



and Java last week opened its fir.st 
U. S. appearance. Outfit has played 
through Asia and Africa and had I ' 
extensive dates through Europe, but '■ 

cancelled them when war broke out tickets al $1 each, engagement ot a 
there. It's slated to return home i nationally known director, 10 con- 
somelime next .spring. , ccrls in the winter and 10 in the 

Striking thing about the company | summer and tree programs In 
is the commercial aspect of its 1 schools. This would call for an out-. 

"' lay of $140,000. 



dancing. It's scarcely calculated to 
I appeal to the general public, but it 
I should be a definite click with fol- 
lowers- ot the dance, and not alone 
for its novelty. Dances are surpris- 
ingly ea.sy tor western people to 
understand, much, more so. tor in- 
stance, than the ullra-stylixcd and 
traditional Chinese dance.s. In -addi- 
tion, after a tew moments, the .•■'pec- 
lalor grows accustomed to the movo- 



Mcantime, the county board, 
through its WPA committee, i.s .still 
pondering support to the Wiscon.sin 
I Federal Symph., which has played 
' th? last few years under direction of 
t Dr. Sigfrid Prager. The Govtrn- 
' ment demands all such projects 
have local sponsorship. 



46 



CHATTER 



Wednesday, November 1, 1939 



Broadway 



Mother-in-law ot Charles Burtoii 
passed away. 

The Charles Grays motoring to 
Miami for the winter. 

John Gobbi may go to Florida this 
>vinter for the season. 

Mrs. Louis Finske, wife of Par's 
Colorado operator, in town. 

Patsy ■ Kelly seeking a play in 
which she would like to appear. 

Regina Crewe to the Coast and a 
probable film studio connection. 

Eddie Stevenson, fashion expert at 
BKO studio, vacationing in town. 

Mary Cohan, George M.'s daugh- 
ter, chirping at Mon Paris, nitery. 

Louis Pollock, Universal pub-ad 
head in N. Y., vacationing in Miami. 

Billy Stone connected with Edward 
Choate outfit which will produce 
legit. 

Double Thanksgiving this year 
regarded a break for eateries, the-, 
atres, etc. 

C J. Oswald, who travels most of 
the year for Paramount, back in 
town for a while. 

Margaret Perry, back from her 
Idaho ranch, will remain in New 
York until January. 

Gertrude Lawrence tossed a sur- 
prise birthday party for Radie 
Harris at the Plaza. 

Sammy Schwartz, manager ot 'No 
Code to Guide Here,' being produced 
by Alfred de Liagre. 

Jim Brennan, lATSE v.p, long laid 
up, out of the hospital and on the 
way to full recovery. 

Pat Rooney hosted the unit which 
played with him at the Roxy. He's 
celebrating 50 years on the stage. 

Ruth Schwerin, recovered from a 
six-month illness, has resigned from 
Monogram. Future plans not set. 
.' Linda Ware, in 'Star Maker' (Par)i 
arrives tomorrow (Thurs.) for a 
personal at the Paramount, Newark. 

Arthur Goldberg, with Leo Spitz's 
law office in Chicago, here on busi- 
ness concerning the Spitz & Adcock 
firm. 

Al Rosen, recently undergomg a 
serious operation, has suffered a set- 
back, requiring additional hospitali- 
zation. 

Louis Nizer will be one of the 
principal lecturers on motion picture 
law tomorrow (Thursday) night at 
N, Y. U. . „ 

Mrs. David Rose, wife of Para- 
mount's managing director in Great 
Britain, due in from London today 
(Wednesday). 

Rene Racover, French theatre-res- 
taurant impresario, will produce the 
new revue for the International 
the first of the year. 

Monroe Greenthal, director of ex- 
ploitation and sales promotion for 
United Artists, due back from the 
Coast today (Wednesday). 

Genevieve Collings, of the Hal 
Roach publici^ department on the 
Coast, in New York on her first 
trip east. Strictly a vacash. 

Eddv Duchin has been taking dra- 
matic lessons. Figures one day some- 
body will do a film on Gershwin and 
he's aiming for the assignment. 

A new rug, measuring 40 by 58 
feet, claimed to be the largest in the 
world, has been installed in the ro- 
tunda of the Roxy. It cost $15,000. 

Vincent Sardi back at' his restau- 
rant after his recent appendicitis at- 
tack. Didn't have an operation. Vin- 
cent, Jr., will marry a non-pro on 
Nov. 11. 

Douglas Gilbert has returned to 
the World-Telegram after two 
months off at Bay Head, N. J., and 
Stockbridge, Mass., to work on his 
book about vaudeville. 

Eve EUman, formerly with Para- 
mount on the Coast and now Mrs, 
Dwight H. Boyden, hubby being a 
writer, are doini; the town prior to 
shoving off for Florida. 

Tom Adrian Cracraft gave his 
electric orchestra an airing before 
celebs from the film business at - a 
party which Elsa Maxwell tossed at 
the Waldorf last Tuesday (24). 

Anna Erskine is assistant to Joshua 
Logan, stager of Paul Osborne's 
'Mornings at Seven' for Dwight 
Wiman. She also scripts the Metro- 
politan Opera Auditions radio series. 

Eddie Convey of Loew's State 
planning a hunting party for Novem- 
ber at his place up-State, with Frank 
Shelling, house electrician, among 
those who'll try their luck with deer. 

Ninety-d4y .option has been pur- 
chased by screenwriter Bartlett Cor- 
mack on 'Portrait of Jenny,' Red 
Book serial by Robert Nathan. Cor- 
mack will prepare a shooting script 
on spec. 

'I Know What I Like,* the Justin 
Sturm comedy which Richard Skin- 
ner is readying, is localed in a 57th 
street gallery, but Donald Oenslager, 
who's doing the sets, will not make it 
identifiable. 

Jack Cohn, Columbia Pix v.p., 
celebrated his 50th birthday on Fri- 
day (27). First most of his staff 
knew of it was the arrival of a giant 
birthday cake from Leo Liiidy, the 
restaurateur. 

Robert Bfeen, who directed and 
played Mephistopheles in 'Speak of 
the Devil,' revised version of 'Faust,' 
which had a three-performance run 
at the Nora Bayes, may be shipped 
to the Coast for a screen test. 

Heavy Warner money went on 
Charlienfeld, a two-year-old in the 
first race at Empire, Yonkers, N. Y., 
Friday (27), horse winning. Charlie 
Einfeld of WB doesn't know the 
owner, but he had the nag across the 
board. 

Paramount Pep Club, Joe Wood 



prez,. had one ot biggest and most 
representative turnouts ever at an- 
nual dinner-dance at Astor, Friday 
night (27), with executives from 
Barney. Balaban down, plus out-of- 
town Parttes, attending. 

Departure of Arltiur Done*gan 
from Warner Bros., where he 
handled syndicates, has John Haw- 
kins, assistant to Mitchell Rawson, 
now handling that as well as -N.Y. 
dailies, with Bob Williams his as- 
sistant. Donegan joined NBC pub- 
licity. 

Arthur De Bra, public relations 
rep at the Hays office, was principal 
speaker yesterday (Tuesday) at the 
noonday meeting of the National As- 
sociation of Accredited Publicity 
Directors. He spoke on 'Motion Pic 
tures and Public Relations.' 



London 



Liberal Quebec 

Continued from pace 5 



tical matters to same extent as Du- 
plessis. New Liberal administration 
may therefore favor loosening up on 
beer commercials and a rhovement 
in this direction might soften stand 
of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. 
which has jurisdiction over all copy. 

Duplessis administration made 
strenuous efforts to stamp out al- 
leged Communist activities by means 
of the Padlock Law which closed 
any building in which red literature 
was found, but virtually ignored the 
Fascist menace which had easy going 
with literature stirring anti-Jewish 
prejudice until the Royal Canadian 
Mounted stopped French-Canadian 
Nazi leader, Adricn Arcand, under 
the War Measures Act. Constitution- 
ality of the Padlock Law . has yet 
to be affirmed by the highest courts 
in the Empire. And under Federal 
Administration which never fell for 
the phoney red scare it is doubtful 
that Padlock Law will be strictly 
enforced by the Provincial Liberals, 
unless for cause. 

Film Honses 
Best break that pictures houses in 
province could get would be repeal 
of the law which prohibits minors 
from attending picture houses. Some 
progress was made during Duplessis 
regime when special permit was 
given for showing ot 'Wizard ot Oz' 
to kids. Premier Duplessis was on 
the verge of repealing the law 
against minors on several occasions 
during the past few years, only to 
be stopped at the last minute by 
church authorities. Here also a Lib- 
eral administration may be able to 
effect adjustments, since there is 
now no logical basis for the legisla- 
tion which prohibits children up to 
IS from' seeing pictures. Law was 
originally adopted in a hurry be- 
cause of a disastrous fire in an east 
end barn which did not comply with 
fire regulations. Scores ot children 
met death in the blaze and the pro- 
vincial government 'then passed the 
law keeping children out of theatres 
not on grounds ot morality but for 
reasons of safety. Strict enforcement 
of fire laws applying to theatres has 
always been the answer rather than 
arbitrary ban on films and the new 
Liberal government may be inclined 
to see things in this light. 



Empire thaatr**, Kilburn^ which 
twice h%d vaudeville and twice pic- 
tures, shifting to legit.'" ' 

Sonny Miller doing road show for 
Jimmy James, in which he's co-star- 
ring Sid Millward and his Nitwits. 

'keep Smiling,' Tom Arnold road 
show which played summer season 
at Douglas, Isle of Man, is being 
bolstered by the Inclusion ot Jack 
Doyle and Movita.(Mrs. Doyle). 

Anglo-American Films' first revue, 
'L,nu(;h It Off,' has started shooting 
at Elstree. Those lined up, besides 
Tommy Trinder, are Geraldo's band, 
Leon Cortez and the Cosier band. 

British , Consolidated . Pictures, 
headed by Kurt Alexander and Mau- 
rice Elvey, doing one for Grand Na- 
tional (London) at Twickenham 
studios. Cast headed by Barry K, 
Barnes, Diana Churchill, Alastair 
Sim and Ruby Miller. David Mac- 
donald directing. 

'The Women' is going out on tour, 
28 of the original 40 femmes in the 
cast being still in England, with 
management seeking locals to fill the 
breach. O'Bryen, Linnet & Dunfee, 
who had a piece in the show with 
Gilbert Miller and Jack Buchanan, 
are sponsoring the tour. Show opens 
in Birmingham. 



ager, all right again after getting 
slugged by couple of holdup men. 

New ice show, 'Vanities of 1940,' 
with Lois Dworshak end"Vivi-.\nne 
Hultcn, debuts at Duquesne Garden 
Nov. 13. 

Rita Rhcy off for New York to 
join Paul Whiteman at the Hotel 
New Yorker, where latter's band is 
featured. 



IV, Y. Cinema City 



.Continued from pace 3. 



Paris 



Ezra Stone Into 'Siwash'; 
Air 'Aldrich* From Coast 

Hollywood, Oct 31. 
Ezra Stone, legit and radio actor 
and director, is set for the lead in 
Paramount's 'At Good Old Siwash.' 
One-picture contract still has a cou- 
ple ot wrinkles to be settled, but 
should be signed this week. 

Currently playing the title part in 
■The Life of Henry Aldrich' radio 
series. Stone would broadcast the 
program from the Coast during pro- 
duction ot the picture. Shooting is 
slated to start Nov. 14. The William 
Morris office is agenting. 

Stone's. Leglter 
Ezra Stone, who directed George 
Abbott's production ot 'See My Law- 
yer,' at the Biltmore, N. Y., this 
week received featured billing in the 
comedy with Milton Berle and 
Teddy Hart. He went into the cast 
last week. 

Stated that he Intends returning 
to the show as soon as he completes 
'Siwash.' 



Knox College Goes 'Slwasb' 
St. Louis. Oct. 31. 
More than 300 undergraduates at 
Knox College, Galesburg, 111., near 
here,, are prepping for a brief film 
career as extras when a ParaMount 
unit visits the college to make 'At 
Good Old Siwash,' b-ised on one ot 
George Fitch's 'Siwash College' 
stories. Knox was the locale of 
Fitch's yarns and the arrival ot an 
advance crew to select locations, etc., 
has "thrown the educational, institu- 
tion into a turmoiL 

I^ Is expected that t'l. 2e weeks will 
be required and the collegians will 



Pola Negri at Deauville. 

Dramatist-humorist Maurice Don- 
nay celebrated 80th birthday. 

Producer Andre Davin demobil- 
ized because he was considered unfit. 

Mme. Raphael Koning-Sisos, of the 
Comedie Francaise, dead after long 
illness. 

Entertainment sections in French 
press slowly regaining some ot their 
former proportions. 

French press announced arrest of 
Leni Riefenstahl for smuggling cur- 
rency to Switzerland. 

Ballet dancer Serge Lifar ap- 
pointed to organize a tour with his 
Opera ballet for charity. 

Jean MuratT above the age limit 
for military service, attempting to be 
engaged as an interpreter by British 
Aviation Corps. 

Committee to aid mobilized actors 
and their families includes Francoise 
Rosay. Jean Benoit-Levy, Gaby Mor- 
lay, Charles Borguet, with Louis 
Lumiere as president. 

Opera Comique opened its doors 
with 'Thais' and followed with 'La 
Traviata' the next day. The Opera 
and Opera Comique schedule one 
opera apiece ner week. 

French radio announcer at Stut- 
gart, Paul Ferdonnet, known as one 
of the 'Stutgart traitors," although 
very much absent, to be court- 
martialed by Paris military tribunal. 

Reports that pic actor Albert 
Prejean and crooner Charles Trenet, 
both pilots, had been shot down 
denied by French press. Reports that 
actresses Elvire Popesco and Reni 
Ketti had been executed tor spying 
equally, denied. 

Military marriage between co- 
median Pills and blues singer 
Lucienne Boyer followed by others: 
Elvire Popesco and Viscount Se- 
bastian Foy. ABC entertainer Oleo 
and (^orp. Francois Arnaud, Renee 
Faure of the Comedie Francaise and 
Lieut Renaud Mary, and pic actor 
Dalio and Comedie Francaise actress 
Francoise Delille to unannounced 
partners. 

Yves (^atalgneau, head of the 
Cinema Division at the Information 
Bureau, named head of ■ committee 
whose duty it will be to thoroughly 
study French cinema situation and 
make proposals for its normalization. 
It includes directors and producers 
Jean Benoit-Levy, Raymond Bernard, 
Rene Clair. Julien Duvivier, Jacques 
Feyder, Marcel L'Herbier, Jean 
Renoir and J. de Baroncelll. 



and the two stagehand locals, around 
300. 

The Resolution 

A resolution, prepared by Scappa 
of Local 52, Studio Mechanics (equiv- 
alent to Studio Technicians on 
Coast) and adopted by 52, was pre- 
sented before a recent meeting ot the 
State Federation of 'Labor. Already 
m the hands of Mayor LaGuardia, it 
reads as follows: 

'Whereas, the motion picture in- 
dustry is noW almost 100% pi-oduced 
in the city of Los Angeles, to which 
city it has been gradually moving for 
the past 25 years, and now employs 
in that city about halt a million peo- 
ple: and 

'Whereas, this industry started in 
the City of New York years ago and 
developed gradually from a novelty 
into one of the largest industries in 
the United States; and 

'Whereas, a very large portion of 
the money to produce these pictures 
is advanced to Los Angeles producers 
by New York City banks; and 

'Whereas, 10% of the pictures 
made each year, it they were pro- 
duced in the State of New York, 
wovfld employ .directly about '-lO.OOO 
people and indirectly about '41,000; 
be it 

'Resolved, that the New York State 
Federation of Labor at this conven- 
tibii assembled, pledges itself to co- 
operate with the organized workers 
in this field in their efforts- to secure 
a portion of this work for the work- 
ers ot New York State.' 

Christie's 3 at $150,000 
Made East; Via Mono 

Al Christie's three pictures for 
Monogram, to be made in the east, 
will be budgeted at $150,000 all told, 
with a' larger portion of this 
amount allocated to one ot the fea- 
tures, the balance to be split between 
the other two. Financing is all set 
with cooperation of Eastern Service 
studios, Astoria, L. I., where the 
three films will be shot. 

W. Ray Johnston, president of 
Monogram, and Frank L. Spiedell, 
together with Charles Glett, ot the 
studio have been huddling for three 
weeks in setting up the deal. 



Hoflywood 



Louis B, Mayer to Louisville. 
Robert Taylor to Mexico City. 
The Basil Rathbones adopted baby 
girl. 

Sol Dolgin recovering from opera- 
tion. 

George Bancroft recovering froin 
surgery. 

California next year votes on day. 
light saving. 

Van Nest Polglase laid up with 
pneumonia. 

Jane Withers called off her tour 
of Australia. 

Dan Keefe recovering from stom- 
ach operation. 

Frank McHugh back to. work after 
week's illness. 

Ruth Taub in from London to 
gander studios. 

Lester Elliott back on the job after 
a year's illness. 

Harold Hurley back from two- 
month vacation. 

Joseph J. O'Neill, Warners press 
agent, seriously ill. 

Eleanor Powell out for a week 
with a foot infection. ' 

Gloria Dickson cliecking off Warr 
ners lot after four years. 

Henry Kruse moved in as general - 
manager of Cinematone studio. 

Alan Hersholt and Osa Massen to 
Carmcl for delayed honeymoon. 

Jules Fut'thman and Myron Selz- 
nick settled their feud out ot court 
Arthur Wirtz in from Chicago to 
confer on Sonja Hentc's new ice 
show. 

Sonja Henie's brother, Leit, com- 
ing from Norway to be her business 
manager. 

Edwiii L. Marin and his wife 
reached a properly settlement in 
their divorce suit 

Mose Gumble recalled to Manhat- 
tan by Music Publishers Holding 
Corp. after a year in Hollywood. 



Australia 

By Eric Gorrlck 



back 



Pittsburgh 

By Hal Cohen 

The Lew Marcurs motoring to 
Miami for the winter. 

Eddie Peyton to the Red Horse 
Tavern in Stubenville, O., for a 
run. 

Mary Lee, Juve warbler with Ted 
Weems, celebrated her 13th birth 
day. 

Singer Jay Loring, with Jimmy 
Gamble's orch, had her tonsils 
clipped. 

Harry Seeds' lad, Marty, and Elea- 
nor Wolken, have announced their 
engagement: 

Al Fremont's band at the Willows 
is personally managed by the young 
maestro's father. 

The Deibold twins have given up 
nitery dancing and are now doing 
modeling exclusively. ' 

Dick Stabile stops off tonight 
(Wednesday) for a one-nighter at 
the Palisades, ' McKeesport 

Art Schwerin's book on makeup, 
'Makeup Magic,' has just been pub- 
lished by Northwestern Press. 

John Montague in ahead of 'Leave 
It to Me,' and Tom Burrows here 
drum-beating 'Outward Bound.' 

Edward Everett Horton came in- a 
day early in order to attend Variety 
Club shindig Sunday night (29), ' 

Joan Blondell met the newspaper 
gang for a few minutes when her 
train stopped here en route to New 
York. 

Jules Green, WB's Belmar man- 



Newsreel Photogs Union 
Expects New Deal Soon 



International Photographers Union, 
which is chiefiy concerned presently 
with newsreel cameramen, Is looking 
toward a settlement ot a new wage- 
hour agreement with the newsreel 
companies next week. Pat Casey 
now is on the Coast but union of- 
ficials believe he will return shortly 
and that a new pact then will be 
worked out. 

Cameramen's union presently Is 
working under, the original agree- 
ment which was made shortly be- 
fore the NRA was ruled unconstitu- 
tional Union lensmen are reported 
dissatisfied with the wording of the 
present contract which has made 
possible joint coverage by two or 
mote reels on the same event their 
claim being that this deprives sev- 
eral men ot regular employment. 

That is said to be the stumbling 
block in negotiations accomplished 
thus far. Matter of wages and hours 
spent at work does not represent 
any material difference between the 
union and the newsreel companies, 
it is said. 



Hawks Talks African 
Pic With Heminjerway 

Hollywood, Oct 31. 

Howard Hawks is dickering with 
Ernest Hemingway for the produc- 
tion ot a picture localed in Africa. 

Producer-director, currently han- 
dling 'His Girl Friday' at Columbia, 
leaves for Key West Fla., in 10 days 
to huddle with the author. 



Trade remains at nice level. 
Charles Norman, comedian, 
from London. 

'Wuthering Hcigths' (UA) doing 
smash biz in Sydney for Hoyls. 

Jack Lester may do a musical for 
Dave Martin at Minerva, Sydney. 

Legit revival of 'Why Girls Leave 
Home' quickly hit the skids in Bris- 
bane. 

Western Suburbs Cinemas said to 
be dickering for indie Broadway 
chain in Sydney. 

'Nazi Spy' (WB). after record run 
in Sydney, is now doing smash trade 
in Melbourne for Hoyts. 

Syd Greisman. local rep for Asso- 
ciated Talking Pictures, has changed 
his moniker to Syd Gresham. 

Censors nixed 'There Ain't No 
Justice" (ATP) for showing in Aus- 
tralia. It's a mitt-slincing opus. 

Al Zimmby is the U. S. m.c. for 
the vaude-revue unit starring 
George Robey in Sydney for TivoU 
Theatres. 

'Darling Daurhter' (WB) is a hit 
In Melbourne for Hoyts. -Another 
doing top trade is 'Mikado" (GB), 
same center. 

Wirth's circus Is doinc good trade 
out in the stix with U. S., Conti- 
nental and locM acts. Unit may do 
a New Zealand season. 

Greater Union spotted a novel 
stage nresentation at State, Svdney, 
with 'When Tomorrow Comes" (U). 
It's a ping-pong exhibition between 
Hungarian champs. 

'I Killed the Count* no dice in Mel- 
bourne for Williamson-Tait. Ian 
Keith played lead. This one mav be 
given a try later in Sydney by Dave 
Mfirtin at his Minerva. 

'There'll Alwavs Be An England, 
'Little Sir Echo* and 'Three Little 
Fishes' are the most played numbers 
in these parts. So far. there has 
hern no return tn str.iight war songs. 

Hugh J. Ward, who raised over 
SI 000.000 with charity shows during 
1914-18. may come out of retirement 
to stage soeciAl shows for various 
uhit<! connected with war work here. 

Stock comnany. Including Jo.v 
Howarth (Constance Worth) and 
Alfred Firth, will do B .series of old- 
timers in New Zealand for Indie 
mana<»eir>i?nt First will be 'Up In 
Mabel's Room.' 



M-G Epic Historical 



Hollywood, Oct 31. 

Panorama of early American his- 
tory, with a cast of topflight players, 
is on the production slate at Metro 
under the title, 'Dawn's Early Light,' 
based on a story by Dorothy Thomp- 
son and Fritz Kortner. 

Deal was arranged personally by 
Louis B. Mayer. 



Minneapolis 

By Les Rees 

Eddie Ruben head of film men's 
Community Fund drive team. 

Richard LaBeau, Paramount dis- 
trict manager, up from Kansas City. 

Ernie Lund resigning as Para- 
mount booker to join United Artists' 
sales staff. 

W. H. Workman, M-G branch 
manager, recovered in health and 
doing full-time duty again. 

Gordie Greene, Minnesota theatre 
managing director, fiew to New York 
in quest of stage name attractions. 

Ben Kalmensen, Warner Brosi 
western division manager, in from 
New York along with H. M. Hei-bel, 
district manager. 

Bob LaPiner, of Minnesota Amus. 
Co., interviewed over radio regard- 
ing his hobby — building air-condi- 
tioned birdhouses. 

Lawrence Welk's 'Champagne Mu- 
sic' into the Minnesota- Terrace, 
succeeding Bob Zurke, who's now 
en route to the Paramount theatre. 
New York. 



W«*<lne8<lay, November 1, 1939 



VARIETY 



47 



Farm Stations Analyzed 



.Continued from page 21. 



niiike lip for their lack of lustre by 
tciiiu real, genuine folks. 

•Fiiriners are very inquisitive when 
n.' i-ome.s to learning what otber 
jiirmcrs do; farmers have a commun- 
jiy pi'idc not ordinarily found in 
urban sections; farmers have a genu- 
ine love for the folk lore of country 
people; and farmers are drawn to 
peri^oiialitieK who alloW; themselves 
to go out through the microphone. 
The station that fulfills these de- 
mands on. the part of the farmer is 
probably doing a decent farm job. 

'In the writer's mind, some of the 
thin.sj^ a station should do in a farm 
Icn ilory first of all are: 

'1. Provide adequate market re- 
porls. 

•2. Provide adequate news cover- 
Rpe. both local and otherwi.se. • 

•S. Present as many good, simple, 
renl per.<!onalities as possible. 

'4. Stay away from scare-head 
lype broadcasting. 

',S. Originate as many programs a.s 
possible from the farm and from 
iiiriil gatherihg.s such as farm broad- 
ca.-Jl."!, corn huskings, etc. 

'fi. Make opportunities for farm 
folk? to get together in connection 
with the station. 

•7. Service rural schools. 

'8. Plug in the farmer's interests. 

'9. Don't attempt to compete with 
the networks and 50,000 watters in 
production and in ideas. 

'One of the surest ways I know of 
,tn keep a farm station in good favor 
with the' farmer is to service him 
and let him know that you are his 
station, "primarily, not just another 
station attempting to outdo the net- 
work.": and large stations by running 
the .eame type of program schedule 
Ihev do.' 



Outdoor Men, AGVA | 
To Meet on Pacts 



OBITUARIE& 



mean that a farm station should 
broadca.sl hillbilly music excUi.>iively. 
A certain amount of hillbilly music, 
hymn.":, popular melodies, novelty 
songs and instrumental combinations 
should be broadcast in correct pro- 
portions to. lit the desires of the rural 
audience which the individual station 
serves. 

'3. Accurate, up - to - the - minute 
and complete farm markets should 
be given at regular inteivals daily, 
the rural listener has a deflpite in- 
terest in these market reports, and 
greatly appreciates up-to-the-minute 
bi'oadcasls. 

'4. The rural listener, becau.se- of 
the fact that his newspaper comes to 
him usually a day late, is greatly in- 
terested in news broadcasts. It is 
my opinion that a farm station would 
do well to broadcast up-to-the-min- 
ute news in terse informative style 
frequently throughout the day. In 
our case, we broadcast news on the 
i hour every hour. These periods, are 
five minutes in length, with fifteen- 
minute summaries interspersed 
throughout the day. 

'.■), I believe that a farm station 
should cooperate with the various 
agricultural extension services, the 
United States Department of Agri- 
culture, and the various county farm 
bureaus organizations in dissemina- 
ting helpful information which these 
above-named organizations are con- 
.Hantly producing and making avail* 
able for u.-se by the farmers.' 



Chicago, Oct. 31. 
Outdoor division of the American 
Guild of Variety Artists meets at a 
general parley with the Internation- 
al Association of Fairs and Exposi- 
tions here in December. 
. Discussion will be part of AGVA's 
organizational drive. Scale calling 
for a weekly minimum on the road 
of $50 for actors and $30 weekly 
for chorus girls is being prepared. 



] 



ALICE BRADY , 

Alice Brady, 47, died Oct. 28 of 
cancer at the Le Roy Sanitarium, ' 
New York. Actress had returned 
from Hollywood in serious condition 
about three weeks ago and was in an 
oxygen tent when she expired. 

Details in legit section this issue. 



died at his Cleveland home, Oct. 30. 
of various complications. 

Further details are . in the music 
department. 



C. R. Richardson 

Manager 
WRANi Danville, III. 



William E. McDonald 

Program. Direclor, 
KFNF. Shenandoah, Iowa 



'We have learned from experience 
thill one of the greatest services you- 
can render the rural area is news at 
times whi'h it is possible for the 
larn>ers to listen. We have also 
Jeai ned that the farm bulletins from 
the United Slates Department of 
Agriculture and, the various state 
imiver.saries do not pull a very great 
amount of audience. These bulletins 
ciiii be obtained by any farmer who 
writes to the source and asks for 
his name to be put on their mailing 
list. For that reason we feel there 
is no need for a duplication, 

'We havjs learned that the farmer 
likes to have his promotions (county 
fairs, fields, days, corn husking con- 
te.°ts, and various field demonstra- 
tions) noticed and broadcast. 

■We have found it advisable to 
.send station talent out with bur 
broadcast crew to all these events. 
In some places we have made a 
charge for this talent, while in oth- 
er.«, where, there was an inability to 
pay, we have .sent the talent at oui* 
own expense. This practice has been 
very successful, and has made us a 
lot of friends throughout the rich 
rural area surrounding Danville. 

'We cooperate with all the county 
Farm Advi.sors in our broadcast area 
and give them free announcements 
for all their meetings. As proof of 
the success of this program, I can 
tell you that about two-thirds of the i 
mail we pull at the station comes ■ 
from small towns and farms outside ! 
of Danville. We have a mobile ' 
transmitter unit which we use to • 
serve the rural communities, and ! 
promote .station listeners. In our | 
opinion, this type of service makes 
many morie friends among the farm- 
ers lhan do the more flashy types of 
promotion used by a few Of the big- 
ger stations. A farmer is a simple 
. man, and the spectacular attempt at 
.showmanship doesn't seen) to im- 
press him very favorably. 

'If you boil it all down, you will I 
find that radio means more to the 
per.son living in the. small .town or 
on a farm than to persons living in 
cities. When you understand why 
this is true, you will understand why 
the farmer wants information and 
hslp rather than spectacular stunts.' 



'The . general attitude of all who 
appear before the microphone in- 
cluding both announcers and enter- 
tainers, should be one of informality. 
That does not mean lo-ss of dignity, 
but does involve an entire absence 
of 'stilt ."ihirt.' 

'Program content mu.sl of necessity 
include not only the special appeal 
to ruial and small-town listeners, 
but is influenced largely by the char- 
acter of the commercials carried. 
From that point, we may draw some 
conclusions as to the showmanship 
angle. In other words, if the adver- 
tiser's campaign has been succe.<:sful, 
the show can be judged as a point in 
favor of the station. 
. 'There is a delicate balance be- 
tween what is commonly referred to 
as farm station talent and many fea- 
tures heard regularly on the metro- 
politan stations. After all. the farm 
people of today, many of them col- 
lege graduates, all of them well 
schooled (at leiist in this area) are as 
a group, keen ob.^servers in every 
pha.<:e of life. They like what is 
known as farm station talent but 
they also "headline their likes with 
news, weather and market reports, 
farm .service talks, home economic 
programs, etc. To achieve the fine 
balance in radio programs, to main- 
tain the farm inslilulionalism and to 
do il in- the inforn->al manner is the 
basis for (he judgment of the show- 
manship at any .so-called farm sta- 
tion. Listener interest, commercial 
results, ase of the slalion. etc.. are 
other f.ictors which also might be 
considcicd.' 

F. C. Eighmey 

Mfmayer. 
KGLO. Mnxon Ci(v, loirn 



What Makes Sta. 



.Continued from pag« 21. 



alert to outside stunts forget the 
radio audience. 

Harold Wheelahan, of WSMB. New 
Orleans, believes that a station often 
exercises a lot of showmanly courage 
in turning down local business in 
order to continue network prestige 
programs, such as Toscanini, Dam- 
rosch. Catholic Hour, etc. Although 
such programs are national in origin 
and the other fellow gets the credit 
for their merit, the willingness of a 
local station to make sacrifices in 
the name of well-balanced service is 
properly assayable as evidence of ■ 
local showrnanship by station man- ' 
agement, Wheelahan contends. 

'Balance' is much in the mind of 
broadcasters. Bill Schudt, of WKRC, 
Cincinnati, writes: .'i do not feel that 
showmanship should be stressed in 
one department of a- radio station 
and not in others. It should be 
equally spread - and emphasized 
throughout the organization.' 

^l conn<°ction with the so-called 
'farm stations,' a special fund of com- 
ment has also been accummulated 
by Varictt for the better governing 
of the Showmanship Survey in 1939. 
Extracts from station comment is 
published on this plage. 



SIGMUND WEINTBAUB 

Sigmund Weinstraub, 65, who re- 
tii'ed from the Yiddish stage 20 years 
ago to book Yiddish acts and stage 
plays in association with Edwin A. 
Relkin, died pf a heart attack in 
New York, Oct 26. 

A native of Bessarabia, he came to 
the U. S. as a small boy and se- 
cured employment as a cigar worker. 
He soon joined Boris Thomashcfsky's 
Yiddish legit company, however. A 
director of the Liberty theatre, he 
had appeared with such Yiddish stars 
as Bertha Kalich, Jacob Adlcr and 
Jacob Kes.sler. 

Surviving are his widow. Rebecca 
Weintraub, an actress; two daughters, 



John James, 68, film theatre op- 
erator in St Louis for 25 years, died 
Oct. 27 in the De Paul hospital there 
of pneumonia following an illness of 
two weeks. James and his nephew, 
Thomas, owned and operated the 
Douglas and the Strand, both cater- 
irig to Negro trade. Widow, one son,. 
Louis, and six grandchildren sur- 
vive. 



I.ouis J. Engel, 39, well known Co- 
lumbia Pix salesman in Pittsburgh 
until stricken ill several years ago, 
died at his home in Pittsburgh last 
week of a heart attack. His widow 
survives. She's sec to Pittsburgh's 
Columbia branch manager. Art 
Levy. Interment in the smoky city. 

Ward Morris. 48, theatre manager, 
died Oct. 26 in Rochester, Minn., 




Frances and Pearl, and a son, Milton, 
manager of the Yiddish Art theatre, 
N. Y. 



MARRIAGES 

Ethelyn Owens to Harry Hinkle, 
Oct 28, at Yuma. He's with the 
Zeppo Marx Agency, Hollywood. 

Leola Frazier to Pat Arensman, in 
Pittsburgh, Oct. 20. Bride is vocal- 
ist with Al Fremont's band, he's 
with Hod Williams orch.' 

Peggy Latta to Bill Deibold, in 
Pittsburgh, Oct 28. Bride is daughter 
of C. J. Latta, assistant zone man- 
ager for WB in Pitt. 

Andrea Leeds to Bob Howard, in 
Del Monte, Cal., Oct 25. Bride is 
film player. 

Faye Martin to Carl R. Anderson, 
in Los Angeles, Oct 24. Bride is stage 
actress and singer. 

Ruth Mack to Leopold Friedman, 
in New York, Oct. 26. He's chief of I 
Loew's legal dept. 

Dorothy Coy, WEEI songstress. 
Boston, to Charles K. Hammond, in 
Quincy, Mass., Oct. 30. Groom non- 
pro. 

-Ethel Ghesbrough to Walter. Miles, 
in Frazeyburg, O., Oct 25. Bride is 
owner of Ghesbrough chain of thea- 
tres; he's as.sociated with the ' Ohio 
Censor Board in Columbus. 

Ann Todd to Nigel Tangye, in Lon- 
don, Oct 27. Bride is British film 
actress; he"s an officer in the Royal 
Air Force. 



LESLIE J. SPILLER 

Leslie J. Spiller, 39, legit producer 
and press agent, who, in association 
with Leo Bulgakov, presented 'One 
Sunday Afternoon' in 1933, died after 
a brief illness in New York Oct. 27. 

Born in London, he came to New 
York as a tea salesman in 1920. He 
became press rep for John Cort and 
Harry A. Florsheim, and subsequerit- 
ly acted in similar capacities for the 
late A. L. Erlanger and Louis Werba. 
Last year he operated the Brighton 
Beach theatre, Brighton Beach, N. Y. 
. Surviving is his widow, Margaret 



EM JO BASSHE 

Em Jo Basshe, 40, playwright, di- 
rector and holder of the Guggenheim 
Fellowship in 1931 for creative work 
in the theatre, died in New York 
Oct 29. 

He was the author of 'Doomsday 
Circus,' produced in Germany in 
1932, and the short plays, 'Snicker- 
ing Horses' and. 'John One Hundred,' 
produced at the Civic Repertory and 
Daly's, N. Y., in 1936. He directed 
the Paul Green plays, 'Roll, Sweet 
Chariot' and 'Serpentine' 



Walter J. Rothschild 

CoTiiDicTcial Manager, 
WTAD. Quincv, III. 



'I.-- A farm station should main- 
tain a friendly,, consistent contact 
with its listeners. By that I mean 
its announcers should avoid the os- 
tentatious form of delivery. 

'2, The programs should be well 
balanced. II does not necessarily 



'First and mo.sl imporUint. a com- 
plete daily reporting of the livestock 
and grain markets. 

'Second, a news broadcaHinn 
schedule designed to coincide with 
the times that the farmer is in the 
hou.sc or in the barn.s. 

Thiid. an educational series di- 
rected at reaching the 4-H cUibs and 
farm bureaus.' whether by speaker 
or round table discu.ssioii of farm 
problems. 

Fourth. R con-iplcte reporting of 
farm activity which includes fairs, 
county, district and regional; a pub- 
lic .service program thai announces 
the various- grange and small town 
farm meetings. And. last but not 
least a complete reporting of the 
corn husking contest 

Our surveys have shown that the 
farmers of Iowa, particularly of our 
territory, are not inlci'esled in hill- 
billy music, in fact, they resent it. 
But last year when KGLO. at the re- 
quest of Wallace's Farmer, handled 
the broadcasting incident to the state 
cnrnhusking contest with its mobile 
unit, over 40,000 people turned out 



BIRTHS 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jarman, 
daughter, in Durham, N. C. Oct 24. 
Father is manager of WDNC, Dur- 
ham. 

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Link^ son. in 
Chicago. Oct 23. lies with Ray 
Pearl's orch. 

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lonergari, 
.son, in Hollywood, Oct. 27. Father 
is in Metro art department 

Mr. and Mr.s. Ken Aneser, 
daughter, in New York, Oct. 26. 
Father with Warner Bros, pub-ad 
dept 

Mr. and Mrs. Lindley Jones, 
daughter, in Hollywood, Oct. 23. 
Father is musical director for cine- 
matone studios. 

Mr. and Mr.s. Boris . Pelroff, 
daughter, in Hollywood. .Oct 25. 
Father is stage producer. 

Mr. arid Mrs. Norman Newmann, 
daughter, in Hollywood, Oct. 28. 
Father is office manager of Colum- 
bia's Los Angeles exchange. 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Berger. son, 
Oct 28, in New York. Father is 
managing director of the St Louis 
municipal opera company. 

Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Ncbleft, son, 
In Columbus, O., Oct. 20. Father 
is spiirU announcer for WBNS, Col- 
umbus. 



DR. KARL FISCHEL 

Dr. Karl Fischel, 62, qiedical di- 
rector of the Will Rogers hospital, 
Saranac Lake, N. Y., died Oct 29 
of heart failure. He had been well 
known to show biz folks because of 
his association with the Rogers, 
which caters to the profession. 

Born in Prague, Dr. Fischel had 
been a memt>er of the . National 
Tuberculosis As.iociation of Frank- 
lin County fN. Y.), and the Saranac 
Lake Medical Society. 

Daughter and two grandsons sur- 
vive. 



after a long illness. He had been 
manager of Fox-West Coast Rialto, 
San Francisco, for several years and 
was on leave of absence since July 1 
for treatment at the Mayo clinic. 



.Mrs. Josephine Ditrlchsteln, 75, 

widow of Leo Ditrichstein, actor and 
playwright died of a heart attack in 
Cos Cob, Conn., Oct 25. Since her 
husband's death in 1928 she had been 
a resident of Florence, Italy, but had 
recently returned to the U. S. as a 
result of the war. 



Raymond D. Scodder, 38, on NBC's 
continuity staff for 10 years, was 
killed by a N. Y. subway train, 
after falling from the platform 
Oct 27. 

Survived by widow and father. 
Details in the radio section. 



Father of Dorothy Dick, former 
songwriter and wife of Harry Link, 
general professional manager of Leo 
Fei.st, died after an operation in . 
Philadelphia Oct 30. 



Mark Bamscy, 70, oldtime ma- 
gician, died Oct 23 in Detroit For 
years he worked the Chautauqua cir- 
cuits. Survived by widow, one son 
and daughter. 



Wife of Dan Mainwaring, film 
press agent, who writes fiction un- 
der name of Geoffrey Homes, died 
Oct 29 in Los Angeles. 



Father, 69, of B. Franklin Kamsler, 
theatrical producer, died in New 



CHARLES S. LEVIN 

Charles S. Levin, 73, secretary of 
Fox Theatre Corp. and Fox Film 
Corp. before their reorganization and 
m.erger with 20th Century, leaped or 
fell to his death from a building ad- 
joining the Cameo theatre, N. Y., on 
Oct. 25. He had recently been joint 
operator of the Cameo. 

He was reported by business a.s.so- 
ciates to have been in failing health: 
Widow. Mrs. Alice Levin, survives. 



IN MEMORY 
OK THB H.*INTI,Y SHOWMAN 

WILLIAM MORRIS 

l>ir.l> NOVK.MBKR 2, l<i:)2 
G. J. 



York Oct 30 after a two-week ill- 
nes.s. Also surviving is a daughter, 
Bernice, a concert singer.. 



Frederick H. Hoffman, Jr., 30, for- 
merly a tenor soloist with Shubert 
musicals in New York, died in Col- 
umbus, O., Oct 27. 



Heinrich Feld, 72, father of Fritz 
Feld, actor, and Rudy Feld, one 
time art director for UFA in Ger- 
many, died . Oct. 28 in Los Angeles. 



PIERRE C. LEVY 

Pierre C. Levy, 53, manager of the 
Interstate theatres in Fort Worth, 
died of a heart ailment in that city 
Oct 15. He was one of the first the- 
'■ atre owners in Fort Worth. 

Survived by widow, the former 
I Evelyn Lehr, onetime member of 
1 the 'Ziegfeld Follies'; his mother and 
' a sister. 



Mrs. Rose.Judell, 74, stepmother of 
B. N. Judell, Hollywood film pro- 
ducer, died in Milwaukee Oct. 22 
after a brief illness. 

Sir Arthur Evans Clare, 74. father 
of actre.ss Gladys George, died Oct 
25 in Hollywood. 



CARLOS DE VALDEZ 

Carlos dc Valdez, 50, stage and 
screen actor, died Oct. 30 in Encino, 
Calif. 

His widow, Greta Meyer, film ac- 
Ires.s. suivives. 



I 



Father of Sfim, Herb and Max 
Lutz, all in the music bu.sincss, died 
in Chicago Oct. 27. 



SIMON FOX 

Simon Fox, 81, father of the mu- 
i sic publi.<-hers, Sam and Harry Fox. 



Neb. Fair in Black 

Lincoln, Oct. 31. 

Nebraska Slate Fair, held the first 
week in .September, announced in- 
come of $109,274 against listed ex- 
penditm-es of $111,900. 

A carryover, of $7,500 from, the 
previou.s year, however, put the expo 
ovei tht hurdlt."-. 



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NEW NAT'L THEATRE PLAN 



Pix Must Sidrt Censorial PitfaUs 
Abroad; Thus Preserve Foreign B. 0. 



Hays office wants to avert as many 
bannings as possible in foreign coun- 
tries, since it is highly pertinent that 
every possible foreign market be 
taken advantage of at the present 
time. That and other production 
code matters, arising from the pres- 
ent foreign situation, were taken up 
by Joe Breen, head of the MPPDA 
production code division, on his 
visit to N. Y. the last few days. 

Hays oftice hopes to save produc- 
ers coin by advising on the elimina- 
tion ot topical gags before the film 
goes into work. While ordinarily 
such quips might not prove offensive, 
they are held objectionable under 
present wartime conditions. Hays 
officials are to issue clear-cut data 
to all producers on the Coast regard- 
ing probable difficulties in the for- 
eign field on certain types of films, 
bearing in mind the number ot re- 
cent bans imposed by censors in 
foreign nations. The war has de- 
veloped new situations and senti- 
ments and Haysians believe it is 
smart business to tip off producers 
about foreign censorial pitfalls in 
advance. 



New Invention Would Aid 
Native Comprehension of 
Foreign-Language FOms 



Shanghai. Oct. 20. 
The Grand theatre emljarks on a 
unique experiment to facilitate Chi- 
nese patrons understanding English 
dialog. Management is wiring seats 
with three-way head receivers, op- 
erating from main cables running 
along all aisles from sound control 
room, where Chinese girls translate 
Into three dialects. Mandarin, 
Shanghai and Cantonese. Patrons 
have option of switching on any of 
three. 

Adjustments are so fitted that dia- 
log from machines may be cut out, 
but mechanical effects still will be 
heard, such as pistol shots, music 
and other loud sounds. Listeners 
may switch on and off at will. 

Inventor is said to be a Russian, 
with patents pending. Distribs are 
tor it because superimposed sub- 
titles never have been satisfactory, 
bemg strain both on foreigners and 
English-speaking Chinese. This 
equipment would be naturally adap- 
table for South American countries 
and others where dubbed pix have 
been found unsuitable because of 
dialectic difficulties. 



'Fed Up' With Trouping 



Minneapolis, Nov. 7. 
Appearing as soloist with the Min- 
neapolis Symphony here last week, 
Sergei Rachmaninoff announced he 
'ctire to his Connecticut home 
" « conclusion of his present tour. 
He said he's 'fed up' with trouping. 



'MENTION RUBY' 



Included In Jolson's Okay ot Arthur 
Boran's Impersonation 



Boston, Nov. 7. 

Arthur Boran, Boston mimic heard 
with Rubinoff on the Rexall Drug- 
stores series (WBZ), wired Al Jolson 
for permission to impersonate him. 
Jolson wired back: 'Okay, if you 
mention Ruby Keeler's name.' 

That was the day after Ruby sued 
Al for divorce. 



HOW GESTAPO 
TREKS DOWN 
DXRADIO 



Montreal, Nov. 7. 

Dr. A. Frigon, assistant general 
manager of the Canadian Broadcast- 
ing Corp. recently gave Rotarians an 
inside on methods used by totali- 
tarian countries to prevent nationals 
from listening to foreign broadcasts. 
In contrast to policy of Canada and 
Britain in maintaining well-balanced 
schedules including a large propor- 
tion of musical and light entertain- 
ment programs. Dr. Frigon cited 
Russian, German and Italian com- 
pletely propagandized radio. 

Frigon said that totalitarian gov- 
ernments jam foreign broadcasts at 
the frequency of the station wtiose 
programs listeners are prohibited 
from hearing. A number ot low- 
power transmitters, installed at stra- 
tegic points, create more or less ef- 
fective interference. Frigon also 
charged that Germany broadcasts 
the sound of bells or other signals 
so that if somebody tunes in on a 
foreign station the parasite sound 
accompanying the reception is the 
tipoff which may lead the Gestapo 
to the door of the offending listener. 

Dr. Frigon pointed to the universal 
(Continued on page 39) 



TRYING IT OUT ON THE 
DOGS, MAESTRO'S IDEA 



Hiring dancers to dance to a band 
in rehearsal, in order to gauge their 
reactions, is a now gag invented by 
Johnny Williams, drummer who re- 
cently left Raymond Scott's Quintet 
to form his own band. Williams has 
a team of shagsters, fox trot duo. 
and a rhumba pair, hopping to his 
embryo tempos to help him set 
proper paces, make suggestions, etc. 

Williams claims it aids the band, 
too. Says it makes 'em feel more 
relaxed to have somebody dancing 
while they experiment. 



MLD ENLIST 
FOB'S SUPPORT 



Federation of Arts' Idea Is 
to Have President Appoint 
Commission for Unbiased 
Study of Federal Theatre 
Prior to Congressional Ac- 
tion — Senator Pepper's 
Bill Not Along Relief Lines 



FLANAGAN'S RESEARCH 



Washington, Nov. 7. 
During the next session ot Con- 
gress, due to convene next January, 
several measures designed to create 
a national theatre, if not revive the 
Federal Theatre Project, are due for 
consideration. Senator Claude 
Pepper, who favored a Government- 
backed theatre on a number of oc- 
casions, will foster a bill to establish 
a Bureau of Fine Arts which would 
include the stage, but not along re- 
lief lines. Plan is similar to the so- 
called Coffee-Pepper bill of last 
year. 

Remedial proposals to bring back 
Federal theatre support are being 
carefully prepared by the Federa- 
tion of Arts unions, which function- 
(Continued on page 34) 



First Revue on Ice 
Set to Open on New 
Arena Winter Circuit 



Philadelphia, Nov. 7. 

First show set to circulate around 
the recently formed Arena Managers 
Assn. string of arenas is 'Ice Vani- 
ties ot 1940'. Including a lineup of 
name skaters, it opens at the Phila- 
delphia Arena today (Wed.) and is 
booked almost solidly until April, 
next year. Duequesne Gardens, 
Pittsburgh, follows Philly. 

Ice show carries Robert Dench 
and Rosemary Stuart, figure champs 
of England; Anne Taylor, film 
stand-in for Sonja Henie, and Gene 
Gestloff, partner of Miss Henie in 
her last picture, 'Second Fiddle'; 
Vera Hruba, Czechoslovakian star; 
Caley Sisters, Viv-Ann Huten. Guy 
Owen, Lois Dworshak, Alfred Trenk- 
Icr. and a 24-girl line. 

Phil ■ O'Brien produced. General 
Amu.semcnt Corp. agenled. 



Eight Are Relatives 



Lincoln, Nov. 7. 

With the band biz on the mush- 
room, it's hard to find ways to be 
different anymore. Johnny Martone, 
batoneer from Pittsburgh now tour- 
ing the midwest, has a different kind 
of a band. 

Eight of the 10 members are re- 
lated to hiin, no one furtller re- 
moved than a first cousin. 



NBC Inaugurates First Shortwave 
Conunercial Radio Internationally 



STILL ASKING 



$25,000 For Rosa Bowl Football 
Rights Is Demanded 



Hollywood, Nov. 7. 

Rosa. Bowl football game on New 
Year's day is being offered around 
to the networks for exclusive broad- 
casting rights. Price is $25,000. Grid 
classic has gone begging at that fig- 
ure for three years. 

Another exclusive being peddled 
is the Santa Anita $100,000 handi- 
cap for $10,000. 

No takers or nibbles on either. 



WAR nuns B.O. 

POISON TO 
FEMMES 



Chicago, Nov. 7. 

With news of the conflict abroad 
beginning to get monotonous, war 
films are threatening to do a quick 
blackout. That they are ^guickly get- 
ting to ba boxoffice poison Is sug- 
gested by a sudden drop in interest 
among the fans, notably women. 

Theatre observers report that 
plenty of men, more interested in 
the war stuff than- the women, are 
being dragged away from boxoffices 
in the face of the managers and 
steered somewhere else. Theory is 
that the women want no part ot the 
war or films pertaining thereto, pre- 
ferring lighter entertainment that re- 
moves the thought of gas masks, 
bombings, torpedoing, etc. 

Recently managers have noted that 
(Continued on page 47) 



N. Y. FAIR'S BONDS 1S% 
OFF IN WALL STREET 



NBCls shortwave facilities In 
Bound Brook, N. J., namely WNBI 
and WRCA, go commercial Nov. 15 
with United Fruit as the first ac- 
count. It's a 52- week non-can- 
cellable contract, calling for a quar- 
ter hour a day, seven days a week. 
The programs will be musical and 
the palaver 'will be in Spanish. The 
United Fruit commercials will make 
the first emanating from an interna- 
tional shortwave receiver in the 
United States. NBC expects to tie 
up several more such accounts ia 
the next few weeks. 

The programs will be broadcast 
under a ruling handed down by tha 
Federal Communications Commission 
early this year. The continuities, ac- 
cording to the ruling, are limited to 
the name of the sponsor and general 
characteristic of the product, al- 
though in United Fruit's case, it is 
indicated, the objective will be pri- 
marily good-will building among 
people within the area of supply. 

The FCC. ruling also provides that 
the product must be regularly sold 
or promoted for sale in the open 
market in the country or countries 
to which the program fs directed. 
WNBI's main frequency Is 17,000 
k.c, 16.8 metres, whi'.e WRCA la on 
9,670 k.c, 32.02 metres. 



Byrd's Antarctic 
Expedition AD Set 
On Its Film Shows 



When the New York World's Fair 
closed until next May it was an- 
nounced that the corporation was in 
excellent financial condition so far 
as cash on hand is concerned, but 
the main obligation, a matter of 
more than $23,000,000 in outstand- 
ing bonds, was not' mentioned. 
Among bondholders are several stage 
unions, including Equity, Interna- 
tional Alliance of Theatrical Stage 
Employees and the American Fed- 
eration of Musicians. 

Equity is known to have invested 
$10,000 in Fair Bonds, which were 
quoted over the counter Monday 
(C) in Wall Street at 23 bid and 26 
asked, meaning that the present 
value of the securities are 75% un- 
der par. Opinion downtown is that i 
if the War is ended during the win- 1 
ter Fair bonds . and other types of ] 
securities will rebound. , 



Boston, Nov. 7. 

Single feature bills, plus first 
runs and no blockbooking will ba 
the policy ot the Byrd Antarctic Ex- 
pedition, according to Roger Haw- 
thorne, officer in charge of film en- 
tertainment. Hawthorne, former As- 
sociated Press reporter in Washing- 
ton, will handle all press and radio 
relations at Little America for tha 
expedition. 

Producers have donated 84 fea- 
tures, 52 shorts (no travelogs) and 
12 newsreels. Plan is to have a 
weekly show at each of the two 
bases (liOOO miles apart), constitut- 
ing a neat problem ot bicycling 
prints. Most popular films will be 
repeated for each group during the 
year and a half. 

Instead of dishes each man will 
get a bag of peanuts and a candy 
bar before each film show com- 
mences. 



Verdi's Niece Swings It 



Frances Verdi, great grand niece 
of Guiseppi Verdi, Italian composer 
of operas, is being trained by Aileen 
Stanley, former vaudeville player, in 
vocal swingology. 

Miss Verdi was born in Brooklyn. 
She is set to warble with a band. 



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VARIETY 



Despite Some Film Co. Opposition, 
Notably Metro, Dramatists FinaDy 
Approve H wood Financing of Plays 



Despite last-minute agitation by 
ctrlain film company officials, the 
Dramatists Guild on Monday (6) 
.unanimously approved the proposed 
plan (so-called •Wharton-Wilk plan') 
1c govern Hollywood financing o( 
leyit production outside the mini- 
mum b!<sic agreement. Action was 
taken at the organization's annual 
mectinp. at the Lincoln hotel, N. Y. 
Manafiers meet tomorrow (Thurs- 
day) lor final ratification of the pact. 

Members offered no objections to 
the plan as a whole or to any of its 
provisions. Tliere were several 
minor changes in the wording, but 
Ihey were merely of a clarifying na- 
ture and have no effect on the actual 
terms. It was indicated by Guild 
Fpoftesmen that the membership's 
action was final and that no revi- 
' sions or modifications in the plan 
will be considered until it has been 
tried in actual operation. 

Plan, which has previously been 
reported in detail, does not affect 
the existing minimum basjc agree- 
ment, except in regard to thie price 
of the screen rights to plays backed 
•with film coin. It merely offers an 
alternate plan under which the stu- 
dios may finance legit production. 
If the plan is adopted by the Broad- 
way managers, the picture com- 
panies may bankroll plays under the 
regular minimum basic agreement or 
the alternate plan. In the former 
case they must buy the screen rights 
in the open market. In the latter, 
they acquire such rights in advance, 
with the price to be determined by 
the gross from the legit run. 

The new plan establishes a mini- 
mum advance of $5,000 for the screen 
rights, with additional minin^um ad- 
vances of $2,500 for a two weeks' run 
and $7,500 additional for a three 
weeks' run. It also sets a schedule 
of royalties based on the length of 
the legit run (both on Broadway 
end the road), the gross and the 
weekly running expense'. In' addi- 
tion, it sets iip various "protective' 
regulations regarding closing the 
rhow, making cast changes, etc. 

Metro's Objections 
Officials of certain picture com- 
panies, particularly Metro, strongly 
.opposed several points in the plan, 
notably the minimum 'advance' re- 
quirements \and the 'protective' stip- 
ulations covering the closing of legit 
productions. Understood the Metro 
execs sought to bring pressure 
through the other major studios to 
block Guild approval of the plan. 
Also rumored that certain Broadway 
managers and a few Guild members 
v^ere also approached. 

However, most of the Influential 
miembers of the Guild were known' 
to favor adoption of the plan as fi- 
nally drafted, and it was carried 
with Elmer Rice, the new Guild prez, 
dissenting. Film officials had de- 
clared privately that the plan agreed 
upon in negotiation had subsequently 
been considerably, revised without 
the know'edge of the Hollywood end. 

That allegation was denied by 
Robert K. Sherwood, in his report 
as retiring president. Referrin.? to a 
recent Guild council meeting at- 
tended by Sidney Phillips, of Metro: 
John B.vram. of Paramount, and 
Jacob Wilk, of Warners, to 'straight- 
en out the few remaining points at 
issue.' Sherwood stated. There 
Eeemed to be no serious disagree- 
ment on any of the points of mate- 
rial importance — and at a subsequent 
meeting, the council approved the 
pl>">n in the form in which It has 
been delivered to you for considera- 
tion today.' 

He then added. 'I could not pre- 
Fume to gue.ss to what extent this 
plan, if put into operation, will bene- 
fit the theatre by increasing produc- 
tion of plays. I can only say that 
It is now as ."soundly constructed as 
we could make it after years of ef- 
fort.' 

'way Likely to OK Pact 

RCJardless of studio 'objection to 
certain phases of the plan, the 
Broadway managers are figured like- 
ly to pass it. As signatories to the 
Guild's minimum b'asic agreement, 
they must approve it for it to be- 
come effective, since it takes the 
form of an amendment to that agree- 
ment. The film companies have no 
direct voice in the matter. 

Despite Metro's opposition and 
the less determined disapproval of 
certain other companies to portions 



That's Right; You're Right 



Hollywood, Nov. 7. 

David Butler brought in RKO's 
'Thai's Right. You're Wrong' for 
$695,000, or SlO.'i.OOO under budget. 

Producer-director also cut the 
footage to final release length two 
davs after the final shot. 



PHONEY m ROGERS 
FUND' SNARES MANY 



Interrupt Film at 9 P.M. 
For News Bulletins 
Supplied by Radio 



.Cincinnati, Nov. 7, 
Six neighborhood cinemas of 
Greater Cincy tied in with WCPO 
last week for special news service 
to their patrons. At 9 o'clock every 
night each theatres public address 
.system is used for reading of hews 
bulletins aired by the station an 
hour earlier. Printed copies of the 
news are then posted in lobbies of 
the houses tor perusal by attend- 
ees.' Foims for the latter credit 
WCPO and Butternut Bread, spon- 
sors of the news broadcasts, for the 
service. 

In return the . theatres run trail- 
ers, giving screen credits to the sta- 
tion and sponsor. 



BEN GOETZ RESIGNS M-G 
ENGLISH PROD. POST 



uPittsburgh, Nov. 7, 
Five Pittsburghers were indicted 
by a Federal grand jury in Boston 
last week for using the name of the 
Will Rogers Memorial Fund to de- 
fraud through the mails and ship lot- 
tery tickets between states. In ad- 
dition, two other western . Pennsyl- 
vanians were named, along with 64 
men from 20 other federal districts, 
for fleecing public since 1934 under 
guise of a fund to establish a me- 
morial to laie. Rogers. 

Swindle was operated' In 15 differ- 
ent cities. Seven from here indicted 
were Henry C. Peters, Paul E. 
Johnston, Herbert V. Nelly, Les 
Shapiro, Ford J. Rogerio, Frank 
Washak and John' F. Mintcer. 

Jury found that the lottery tick- 
ets, known as the Gold l3ond and 
Will Rogers Memorial Fund, were 
'deposited with expre.ss companies 
and other public carriers which 
contained certain printed papers, cer- 
tificates and instruments purported 
to be tickets, chances, shares and in- 
terests in lotteries.' Winners, who 
never received awards, were to be 
selected from totals of Treasury bal- 
ances, horse races and baseball 
scores. 



Goldwyn Loans Zorina To 
20th-Fox After Nixing 
Bid for WB Repeat 



Hollywood, Nov. 7. 
Ben Goetz, managing director of 
Metro's film production in England, 
handed in hLs resignation and left 
for Tucson, Ariz., to recuperate from 
a. surgical operation recently per- 
formed in New York.- He was of- 
fered an ex'ecutive berth in- Culver 
City but declined under doctor's 
orders. 

In England Goetz had .supervision 
of 'A Yank At Oxford,' 'The Citadel' 
and 'Goodbye Mr. Chips." He had 
stairted 'Busman's Holiday' when 
Metro closed its British plant and 
ordered 'him home. 



'Disraeli' Waits on Olivier 



Hollywood. Nov. 7. 
Remake of 'Disraeli' at Warners 
goes into production as soon as 
Laurence Olivier completes his role 
j in 'Rebecca' at Selznick-Interna- 
tional. 

I Geraldine Fitzgerald plays the 
femme lead.v 



Hollywood, Nov. 7. 

Breach between Sam Goldwyn 
and the "Warners widened with the 
announcement that Zorina had been 
loaned to 20th-Fox for the star role 
in 'European Plan." Feud began a 
week ago when Goldyyn refused 
Warner.s' request to borrow the 
dancer for a second musical picture. 

His reason was that he was 
negotiating with Dwight Wiman for 
Zorina's services in a Broadway 
musical play, but it is understood 
that he was dissatisfied with her 
first Warner picture. 

Zorina went to New York, osten- 
sibly to start rehearsals for the 
Wiman show, but suddenly returned 
to Hollywood. With her came her 
husband, George Ballanchine, who 
is slated to handle the ballet num- 
bers in the picture. 



Ericksen Leaves Fairbanks 
For Wanger After 20 Yrs. 



Okay Mormon Script 

Hollywood, Nov. 7. 
I Louis Bromfleld's first treatment 
I of the story of Brigham Young was 
i approved' by Heber S. Grant; presi- 
dent- of the Morman church. 
I Grant spent three days as guest of 
the 20th-Fox studio, looking over the 
; manuscript 



of the plan. It Is expected that some 
Hollywood financing of legit will be 
resumed as soon as the Broadway 
managers okay the pact. Warners 
is already committed to back Sidney 
Kingsley's 'Of Day and Night' (pre- 
viously called 'The Outward Room'), 
Paramount is believed to have sev- 
eral plays ready to go into produc- 
tion, while the plans of 20th-Fox, 
Columbia, RKO and others aren't 
definitely known. 

Since the plan offers extraordinary 
latitude in regard to modification, 
conce.<y;ion.s, amendment and arbitra- 
tion, it is figured by the Guild that 
any inequities that develop In actual 
operation can be mutually adjusted 
by negotiation. Morisover, the plan 
is to be ieffeclive for only one year, 
so if it proves unworkable it may 
be .scrapped at the end of that time. 

It was noted that at the Guild 
meeting the a.ssociate members pres- 
ent also expressed unofficial ap- 
proval of the pact, although they had 
no vole on the issue. However, 
since the plan is intended to benefit 
chiefly the unestablished play- 
wrights, their views were asked on 
the matter. 



Hollywood, Nov. 7. 

Clarence E. Erick.sen resigned as 
Douglas Fairbanks' business manager 
to devote full time to Walter 
Wanger's interests, as biz manager 
and treasurer. 

Erickson had been with Fairbanks 
nearly 20 years, but his work with 
Wanger became so heavy that he had 
to pass up one of the jobs. 



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Film^rs Still Don t like Giuld Plan 



Although the Dramatists Guild okayed the amended basic agreement 
designed to attract Hollywood money back to legit production, .several 
film company executives are dissatisfied with the pact and there is 
doubt whether picture backing will be forthcoming despite the long 
negotiations. Metro is the chief dissenter. It held out for an optional 
clause whereby a picture company after paying. for production, mak- 
ing the advance of $5,000 the first week and $7,500 the second week, 
should have the privilege of withdrawing and relinquishing any claim 
to money expended in favor of the author and producer. Guild's 
board twice rejected that suggestion, but most of the ideas submitted 
by the film end are in the amended agreement. 

The pact merely provides another way whereby picture companies 
may finance plays — on a royalty basis for the purchase of the screen 
rights— according to the picture people. Rewriting of the nevy clauses 
by the Guild without consulting the film end, roused objections about 
two weeks ago. 



Twin City Indies Squawk on % 
Terms, High Brackets; Late Deals 



Stone Reverts to Type 



Hollywood. Nov. T. . 

Fred Stone goes into his old rop- 
ing, riding and shooting routine in 
Samuel Goldwyn's Texas picture, 
The Westerner,' formerly titled "The 
Outlaw' and 'Vinegarroon.' Gary 
Cooper is starred. 

Troupe of 150 players and tech- 
nicians leaves Saturday (.11) for 
location near Tucson, Ariz. 



Ousted Member Sues 
Film Eds for 126G; 
Conspiracy Charged 



Los Angeles, Nov. 7. 

Charles 'V. Henkel. suspended 
member of the Society of Motion 
Picture Film Editors, filed suit for 
$126,900 damages against that or- 
ganization, Edmund D. Hannan, pres- 
ident, and Walter W. Sharp, charg- 
ing conspiracy to do away with in- 
dependent picture producers. 

Plaintiff declares he was suspend- 
ed June 6 for six months because 
he refu.sed to make allegedly fake 
charges that he had accepted less 
than the minimum pay for editing 
a film for the Colony Picture Corp. 
a year ago. He. a.<;ks $1,900 for loss 
of work, $25,000 general and $100,- 
000 punitive damages. 



LULL OVER WARNERS; 
B'S QUIT BUZZING 



Hollywood, Nov. 7. 
Production al Warners hits a 'now 
low this week with two companies 
working on the lot and one on loca- 
tion. Shooting at the Burbank stu- 
dio are tFighting 69th' and 'Life of | that what's" sauce for the goo.>:e is 
Dr. Ehrlich.' "Virginia City' is in sauce for the gander. What they do 
work at FlagslafT. Ariz. ; is all right, but it the distributor does 

Lull in production is due to the , the same thing it's all wrong. They 



Minneapolis, Nov. T. 
Twin City independent exhibitors 
continue to resist Warner Bros, per- 
centage demands for four pictures. 
Unwritten law- or agreement among 
the indies seems to be that the only 
exceptipri . they'll make from their 
'buy flat or not at all' decree i* 
Metro. In other years, other com- 
panies, including Warners, hav» 
capitulated to the indies' ultimatum, 
Outcorne of present scrap is being 
watched with interest. 

There's some exhibitor .squawking 
about 20th-Fox deal among the in- 
dependents, too. Claim is made that 
the company is 'unfairly' allocating, 
'weak' pictures to the upper brackets 
and refusing or 'evading' a 20'.c 
cancellation privilege. 

On its part, 20lh-Fox s.-sserts that 
it only has asked for a waiver of 
the 20*% cancellation and substitu- 
tion of 10';i> for it in those ca.^es 
where it has made 'concessions' and 
deviated from its regular deal. It 
feels exhibitors should 'go along' 
with it, meeting it part way. 

'Some independent exhibitors 
squawk about percentage deals, as- 
serting 35% is too much of a split.' 
Joe Podploff, 20lh-Fox branch 
manager points out. "Yet these same 
exhibitors are continually complain- 
ing that the flat rental prices are too 
high and cost them as much as 50% 
of their grosses. 

'Moreover, we've never heard of 
an exhibitor who gro!;.«!ed substan- 
tially, snore than he expected on a 
lower bracket picture offering to pay 
more for it than the contract re- 
quires. But if it's the other way 
around the unreasonable boys yell 
their heads off. 

'The trouble with a number of 
independent exhibitors in the Twin 
Cities is that they can see only one 
side of the picture and don't believe 



cessation of B production. 



ARRIVALS 

(At . the Port of Neiv York) 
Paul 'Vincent Carroll, Thelma 
White, Wellyn Totmari. 

Vera Engel.s, Bruno Walter. Com- 
mcndatore Aboaf! Mme. Chaliapin, 
Counte-ss Saiverte. Barone.ss 'Von 
Spiegel Von Ro.senthal Reznicck. 
Rudolf Serkin and Adolf Busch. 



won't be fair or reasonable.' 



RKO, tt'B Pacts lii Eu.st 
RKO during the past week closed 
up a number of leading deals, in- 
cluding Western Mas.sachusetts Thea- 
tres, Inc.; Dominion Theatres of 
Virginia (Par); Theatrical Managers' 
circuit of Indiana and the Long 
string in Texas. 

Warner Bros, has closed with the 
Centiiry circuit for it.s 1939-40 prod- 
uct 100% in 45 hou.scs in Brooklyn 
SAILINGS ""^ I'Ong Island. Home office forces 

negotiated the buy with Fred 
_ Dec 6 fLos Angeles to Melbourne) : Schwartz of Century. Another WB 
Col. de Ba.sils Ballet Ru.>=se (Mari-'deal is with Ed Smalley circuit, up- 

-state N. Y,; Ed Schnitzer, WB dis- 
trict manager, and Paul Krumen- 



posa). 1 
Nov. 2 (Los Angeles to Honolulu) 
Mortimer Stewart (Matsohia).' 



Other News Pertaining to Pictures 

British Film Industry Monopolistic '.Page 12 

U. S. and Briti.sh Quota ^ .Paoe 12 

Columbia Resumes Britis ■ . .Page 12 

Italy Woos Yank Pix .1. ........... .Page 12 

Over-Emphasis on S; A. Market . . . . . . . . .Page 12 

Equity Lenient on Television Pay Scales ...!!Page 22 

Texaco May Divvy Its Hour , , [ .Page 22 

Radio Reviews: Jimmy Fidler, Jock Buchanan. 'Drums Aldiip 

Mohawk," Fred Allen, Lucius Beebc, Jean Hersholt iPage ."lO 

Screen Guild's Sloppy Radio Performances ; Page 25 

Metro Music Group's Appeal page 31 

Vaudeville Balks at Filmsters '. . . [ .Page 35 

New Acts: Linda Ware .Page 36 

4 A's Money Troubles ..Page 41 

Jack Haley Vice Bert Wheeler in Stage Musical. ..Page 41 



acker, Albany branch manager, 
handling this one with Bill Smalley. 

The Publix-Hlckards & Nace cir- 
cuit in Arizona, numbering 25 
houses, has closed with Warner 
Bros., taking all its features, .shorts 
and trailers, for the 19.39-40 sc.nson. 
Jack Brower, Warner branch m.in- 
ager at Los Angeles, negotiated the 
contract. 



N.Y. Tale for Cagney 



Hollywood. Nov.- 7. 

'City of Conquest," a talc of Man- 
hattan, is slated as James Cuiiuvy's 
next starrer at Warners, replacing 
"The Story of John Paul Jones.' 

Cagncy goes on vacation after his 
current picture, "Fighting 69th.' 



Wedncsdoy, November 8, 1939 



PICTURES 



VARIETY 



ARMS REPEAL TO BOOM B.O. 



La Guardia Wants to 'Carry the Bali' 
Himself in Campaign to Bring Back 
$25,000,000 AmiualPix Prod, to N.Y. 



With much interest in giving more 
production to the east, and financial 
circles reported inquiring why this 
shouldn't be forced, the campaign to 
give N. Y. a break in film-making is 
understood to be one in which Mayor 
F. H. LaGuardia is very seriously, 
concerned on a follow-through at the 
earliest possible moment. He is said 
to be quite determined to bring back 
some of the filming that is now con- 
centrated on the Coast, even if it's 
only 10%. ' 

A late report Is that Paramount 
may be the first to heed the appeal 
of Mayor LaGuardia, shifting the 
production of some of its this sea- 
son's (1939-40) pictures to the east. 

The last company to give up pro- 
ducing in the east. Paramount still 
owns the Astoria, L. I., studio, which 
is under lease to . Eastern Service 
Studios, Inc. This is the best- 
equipped plant in the east, and it 
Par determined to come back to the 
Atlantic Coast to turn out a few fea- 
tures, it probably would be able to 
obtain sufficient facilities to make 
from five to 10 pictures during the 
coming year. 

Mayor LaGuardia is expected to 
approach the producing companies 
themselves with a view to obtaining 
his objective. In union circles, where 
oflicials have been active in the cam- 
paign to give N. Y. more film pro- 
duction, it is understood that the 
mayor, prepared to lend every force- 
ful argument he can, wants to 'carry 
the ball himself.' The unions, num- 
bering several thousand members, 
are very willing to let the mayor 
handle the reins and push the cam- 
paign in the best way that he sees 
fit, though always with their closest 
cooperation. They are heartened by 
LaGuardia's interest since his back- 
ground bears out, as reminded, that 
when he goes into anything serious- 
ly, he means business and will not 
be satisfied until a terrific fight has 
been put up for what he wants for 
the city of which he is boss. He also 
has always been a friend of labor. 
Met With Union OBlclals 

A meeting was held between the 
mayor and union officials during the 
past week to discuss the situation 
and lay the groundwork for what- 
ever action Is deemed most advis- 
able. No definite plan of attack is 
known to have been formulated as 
yet, since the initial steps are largely 
(Continued on page 46) 



Major Distribs Want 
To Know How They 
Fouled Consent Decree 



• Los Angeles, Nov. 7. 

Requests for clarification were 
filed by 13 major distributing com- 
panies In. the Governrhent's action 
charging them with contempt of 
court for asserted violation of the 
1930 consent decree. Defendants de- 
clared the original action fails to 
Inform them how they violated the 
decree. Hearing on motion Is set 
for Nov. 13 before U. S. District 
Judge Campbell E. Beaumont. 

Among those making the plea 
were Fox- West Coast Theatres Corp., 
Fox-West Coast Agency Corp., 20th- 
Fox, Loew's, Metro, Paramount, 
Warners (Vitagraph), United Art- 
ists, Universal, RKO-Radio. 



ZUKOR'SLATIFf SECTOR 
TREK STARTS NOV. 20 



Hollywood, Nov. 7. 

Adolph Zukor is 'going to Mexico 
City for Paramount's Mexican sales 
.meet there Nov. 20. 

He doubles back to Hollywood 
Dec. 15 and after first of the year 
heads for Cuba, Central and South 
America. 



Small Takes on Kenton 



Hollywood, Nov. 7. 

Erie C. Kenton moved into the 
Edward Small outfit yesterday 
(Mon.) as an associate producer. 

Contract calls for two productions 
under Small's supervision. 



CASSELL'S NEW 
MOVETOHALT 
RKOREORG 



Washington, Nov. 7. 

Attempt to upset reorganization of 
RKO was carried to the U. S. Su- 
preme Court this week when mi- 
nority creditors asked for rulings on 
several highly-technical points in- 
volving constitutionality of 77B. 
Attorneys for H. Cassell & Co., 
owner of defaulted debentures, pe- 
titioned for a review of the pro- 
ceedings by which the house-clean- 
ing has been effected. 

Naming Atlas Corp. as a defendant 
on the ground the financial house 
proposed the reorg plan, the Cassell 
group (Hugh Cassell, Karl Nathan, 
Jacob Heller, Justin Condon and Ig- 
natius Wahl) Insisted RKO was a 
'solvent debtor' and inquired 
whether 77B can be invoked in such 
circumstances. Petitioners, who 
were joined by RKO (also a 
respondent), are secured creditors 
with a claim for $300,000 represent- 
ing face value of debentures and un- 
paid interest. 

Tlie questions which th« Court 
was asked to answer are: 

1. Can secured creditors be de- 
prived of security and compensated 
with common and preferred stock on 
a 'par for par' basis? 

2. Is it adequate compensation to 
pay secured creditors of a solvent 
corporation with stock less valuable 
than the face amount of their 
claim? 

3. Is 77B constitutional If It per- 
mits payment at less than the value 
of the claim? • 

Attorneys for the bond-holders in- 
sist that valuable property rights 
were destroyed when the reorgani- 
zation scheme received approval, 
holding that compensation was in- 
adequate. Arguments are highly 
technical, with the barristers charg- 
ing numerous inconsistencies be- 
tween the RKO case and other 77B 
proceedings. 



DICKER UA TO DISTRIB 
INDIES' J. C. THOMAS PIC 



Deal for United Artists to handle 
release of several films to bt made 
this year by the new producing firm 
of Sig Schlager and George Green 
is expected to ba consummated this 
week when the pair confab with 
Murray Silverstone, UA head. Pro- 
ducers arrived In New York Mon- 
day (6) for the negotiations, after 
a stopover in Chicago to confab 
with John Charles Thomas, who will 
ba starred in the initial film, 'King- 
dom Come', by Adela Rogers St. 
Johns. Schlager and Green, oper- 
ating as Producers' Corp. of Amer- 
ica, will put the picture into work 
Jan. 4. 

No actual negotiations on a dis- 
tribution deal with Lewis Milestone 
and Jed Harris have taken place 
yet, Silverstone said Monday (6). 
He has been approached indirectly, 
it is understood, but talk is still in 
the vague stages. 



BIGGEST GROSS 
FORECIIST FOB '40 



Sectors Supplyingr War Needs 
Can't Help Benefiting — 
Especially. East of the 
Mississippi 



75% OF REVENUE THERE 



'If peace doesn't break out,' as one 
theatre operating executive of a ma- 
jor producer-distributor puts it, the 
arms embargo repeal should react to 
the benefit of film boxoffices within 
two or three months and, on a con- 
tinuance of the war, send 1940 into 
new and highest ground since the 
1929 sinking. 

The fact that the great majority 
of receipts comes from communities 
east of the Mississippi that are im- 
portant in the field of manufa*cturing 
or produce (wheat, cotton, oil, etc.), 
makes it doubly conclusive that if 
the arms embargo repeal is to set off 
a boom, the result on industry books 
Is going to be very positive. 

It Is estimated that about 75% of 
the rental returns and the gross ad- 
missions are from east of the Mis- 
sissippi, althou.^h throughout por- 
tions of the midwest in the farming 
belt and in the southwest in oil and 
cotton territory, the reaction at the 
b.o. on war prosperity could be very 
important beyond the river. 

The experience of the last war was 
that the theatres didn't begin to ride 
the boom that was developed until 
about six months of fighting had 
gone on. . That experience may be 
duplicated this ti.tne, also, as manu- 
facturing progress and growing gets 
deeper under way in the face of in- 
creased market demands. 

Grosses are now runnin.g ahead of 
the same time last year but reported 
in theatre statistical quarters that the 
tendency during the past three weeks 
has been to show signs of weakening 
a little instead of strengthening In 
spite of the fact the pictures on re- 
lease are of normal quality or better. 

While the failure of grosses to 
forge ahead at this time Is causing 
some pessimism, in view of pictures 
available on the market, operators 
believe this is due at the moment to 
the uncertainties that exist, the 
weeks of consideration of the arms 
embargo repeal in Washington and 
possibly, for a time yet. the doubt 
as to what the repeal will mean to 
business generally. 

It Is confidently believed that If a 
boom is to come, neither Washington 
nor anything else can stop profiteer- 
ing and the soaring of prices, all of 
which would redound to the benefit 
of the theatres and enable upping of 
prices here and there. What would 
greatly rose-color the situation when 
the country Is taken as a whole on 
grosses, would be the sudden return 
to life of scores of cities and towns 
where manufacturing has been at a 
very low ebb for years. This would 
also be true of farming communities 
which have suffered. 



Bobby Breen Quits Pix 
Wbile Voice Is Changing 



Hollywood, Nov. 7. 

Bobby Breen, currently a free 
agent, is retiring from pictures for 
the next two years, to attend a mili- 
tary academy during the regular 
school year and study drama in New 
York during the summers. 

Sol Lesser, to whom the boy actor 
was under contract, recently passed 
up his option rather than risk injur- 
ing his voice while it is changing. 



Teddy Rides Again 

Hollywood, Nov. 7. 

Teddy Roosevelt and His Rough 
Riders' gallops before the cameras 
Nov. 14 as the next of Warners se- 
ries of historical shorts. 

Sidney Blackmer heads the cast 



Important Philly Ruling Favors 
Vineland, N.J., Indie vs. Warners; 
Holds 'Master Contracts' Illegal 



Capra-Riskin's 1st 



Hollywood, Nov. 7. 

First picture by the new produc- 
ing outfit of Frank Capra and Rob- 
ert Riskin will be 'Life and Deatt^. 
of John Doe,' by Richard Connell 
and Robert Presnell. 

Outfit recently took quarters at 
Selznick-International studio. 



PAR'S FARM-OUT 
POLICY TO 
EASE NUT 



Hollywood, Nov. 7.- 
Farm-out plan to ease the expense 
of carrying contract players between 
home-lot jobs is being- intensified by 
Paramount, with four of its high- 
priced thesps on loan to other stu- 
dios and a dozen more deals await- 
ing action, 

Dorothy Lampur Is cast in two 
outside roles, .one at 20th-Fox in 
•Johnny Apollo,' and at Goldwyn's 
in an untitled South Seas feature. 
Fred MacMurray is on call at Co- 
lumbia for 'Too Many Husbands,' and 
later at Warners for one picture. 
Ray Milland goes to RKO next week 
for 'Irene,' and Susan Hayward steps 
out on a six-week personal tour 
with Louella Parsons. Paramount's 
contract list totals 63, with 18 more 
under two and three-picture deals. 



Expect Oyer $3,000,000 
Paramount Net Profit 
For First 9 Months 



With the expectation In Wall 
Street that Paramount third quarter 
earnings will show a pickup over 
the preceding three-month period 
this year, the financial statement for 
the first nine months, due out to- 
morrow (Thursday), may show near- 
ly $3,200,000 net profit. 

Paramount reported net profit ■ of 
$2,130,000 for the first half of 1939, 
covering the six months ending June 
30. While second quarter earnings of 
$830,000 dipped below the initial 
three months, the August and Sep- 
tember business enjoye4 by Par is 
reported to have shot up earnings to 
near $1,000,000 for the third quarter. 

The financial report, second major 
company statement to come out cov- 
ering any period since the European 
war started, will be watched closely 
to see if domestic business managed 
to overcome any dip in the foreign 
revenue. - 

Par declared Its first dividend on 
the hew common (15c) this year and 
has maintained payments on both 
classes of preferred issues. 



SEE GOLDWYN HIATUS 
FROM FIRST OF YEAR ON 



Philadelphia, Nov. 7. 
In one of the most important court 
decisions affecting the picture indus- 
try in recent years. Federal Judge 
William H. Kirkpatrick on Monday 
(6) ruled that 'master contracts' giv- 
ing chain theatres preference over 
independents in the matter ' of fea- 
ture runs were violations of the 
Sherman and Clayton anti-trust 
laws. 

Judge Kirkpatrick made this 
ruling in U. S. District Court in 
granting the petition of the Landis 
theatre, Vineland, N. J., for a pre- 
liminary injunction restraining tha 
majoi: producers and distributors and 
the Warner Bros, theatre chain from 
continuing their contract pending a 
final hearing. 

Actual issiiance of the Injunction 
was stayed, however, ' when the 13 
defendant companies filed an imme- 
diate appeal to the U. S. Circuit 
Court of Appeals and posted a $10,- 
000 bond to protect the Landis from 
suffering any financial damage pend- 
ing the final outcome of the appeal, 
if the higher courts sustain Judge 
Kirkpatrick's stand. 

Because of the nationwide effect 
of the runhg, it is believed the case 
will be carried swiftly to the U. S. 
Supreme Court 

Mayor John G. Gittone, of Vine- 
land, and other municipal officials, 
who head the Landis Theatre Corp., 
in their suit filed two months ago 
attacked the legality of the contract 
between the Warner circuit, which 
operates two houses in Vineland, 
and the major distributors. 

'Id Restraint of Trade' 
Judge Kirkpatrick sustained th« 
contention of the plaintiffs and de- 
clared the contract 'in restraint of 
trade' and violation of the Federal 
anti-trust laws. 

'If the existing course of conduct 
is allowed on the part of the defend- 
ants to exist much longer, the Landis 
theatre will in all probability ba 
forced Into the hands of its credi- 
tors,' Judge Kirkpatrick said. 

'If it survives at all it will be as 
an unprofitable second-class theatre, 
its pictures for the most part sec- 
ond-run films or undesirable first 
(Continued on page 47) 



Possibility that Samuel Goldwyn 
may follow other producers and cut 
down production staffs during the 
usual seasonal lull at the beginning 
of the year is reported, 

Bert Bloch, eastern story scout. 
Is understood taking an enforced va- 
cation of .several months. Goldwyn 
studios are well-stocked now with 
properties and hesitate to invest any 
more cpin (n new material. 




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INDEX 

Bills 38-39 

Burlesque 33 

Chatter 46 

Dance Bands. 31-33 

15 Years Ago 34 

Film Booking Chart 16 

Film Reviews 14 

Film Showmanship 8 

House Reviews 37 

International News 12 

Inside — Bands 33 

Inside — Legit 44 

Inside — Music 33 

Inside— Radio 22 

Legitimate 41-44 

Literati 45 

Music 31-33 

New Acts 38 

Night Club Reviews 3C 

Night Clubs.... 34-36 

Obituary 47 

Outdoors 47 

Pictures 2-18 

Radio 19-30 

Radio Reviews. 30 

Sports 39 

Vaudeville 34-38 



VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Ve<lnesday, November 8, 19.19 



BIG BACKLOG OF PRODUCT JAMMING N. Y. 
EXHIBITION SITUATION, BTO TO NABES 

— -f — 

Holdovers and Extended Runs, Plus Stage-ShoVi PARSONS DEBUTS HER 
Help, Keeps 'Em Long on B'way— Causes Sub- P,A^ |N FRISCO NOV. 14 
sequents to Fall Behind — ^More Long-Runners Due ' 



What it is fciircd in.-!.v become » 
critical siluation so far ils subse- 
quent run Ihealrcs are concerned in 
the metropolitan New York area is 
developing as result of an insufficient 
flow of product from a few com- 
panies, phis a backloj; of pictures 
from others due to holdover enjfage- 
menls. first run. Not only arc major 
New York chains b'eginnin,!; to sweat, 
but independents are fearful lest 
there, isn't going to be enough film to 
go around between now and the first 
of the year, and may be beyorit!. 

First step to meet the crisis is de- 
cision of RKO to convert the Palace 
into a first-run, starting With the 
engagement today (Wed.) of 'Alle- 
ghany Uprising.' that , is to be fol- 
lowed by the Kay Kyser picture. 
That's Right, You're Wrong,' and 
others from RKO, yet to be dated. 
Trie Jheatre, in duals for a 'ong time, 
has oceasipnally played, .pictures 
first run as the No. 2 .eature, using 
its own (RKO), Universal, 20th-Fox 
and Warner items av;ilable to it. 

With playdate room-getting .scarcer 
a id scarcer among the leading first- 
run theatres, notably the Music Hall. 
Paramount, Roxy, Strand. Capitol 
and Rivbli, too many ,iictures are ; 
being delr.yed in reaching subsequent ' ^^^-^ 
dating. Although there is a backlog | jg,,Q 

Beyond 



Fields stage band. That means not 
much comes off the Strand for the 
subsequcnts for two months. 

Paramount has .scheduled three 
week.", starting today (Wed.) with 
■Rulers of the Sea' and Martha Raye, 
plus the Bob Zurke band on the 
stage. That will be followed by "Cat 
and Canary' for two weeks, with 



Tony Martin and Jan 
' pit'. Picture to follow that for two 
or Ihiee weeks not set, but it may 
, be (Geroninio.' | 
Although penciled for the Par on 
Dec. 20. "Gulliver's Travels,' feature- 
j length cartoon, will probably wind 
' up at the Rivoli in the thought of 
a longer run and a more suitable 
I showca.sc. Glen Gray is the Par 
[ stage band week of Dec. 20 regard- 
! less. 

The Riv, in striiighl film but main- 
I taining same scale as stage-show 
houses, opens. 'First Love' (U) to- 
day (Wed.),, to be followed by 'Des- 
try Ridfe.s Again' (U). House has 
a selective deal with U, and is ex- 
i pectcd to get additional UA pic- 
' tures in view of the impasse with 
. the Music Hall (outside of Selznick 
productions), but to date has just 
two pictures dated. Riv also gets the 
Charles Laughton film. "London 
After Dark' tto be re-tilled) but that 
be until sometime -early in 



Hollywood, Nov. 7. 
Louelln O. Parsons opens her per- 
sonal appearance lour in San Fran- ■ 
Cisco. Nov. 14 with a troupe of nine, ' 
booked for six weeks by Leo Mor- i 
rison. . I 

Company consists of June Preisser, i 
Jane Wyman, Ronald Reagan, Susan 
Hayward, Arlcen Whelan, Joy 
Hodges, Mecca Graham. Jack Mul- | 

author . 



wecKs, wiin ^ahy and Edgar Allan Woolf, 
Savill m the the .skit, who will make 



to fit the localities. 



changes 



Ailing O'Harsi Ends Tour I 

Hollywood, Nov. 7. | 
Maureen O'Hara, Paramount play- : 
er, who collapsed while making a ' 
personal appearence with "Jamaica I 
Inn' in Yakima, Wa.sh., returned to 
Hollywood for treatment. I 
Further film work awaits the re- I 
suit of surgical observation.' 



U.S. Wary of Any Code Compromises 

Washington, Nov. 7. 

No trade practice code will be approved for the film industry without 
a disclaimer and promise not to use it as defense in anti-tru.st suits 
now pending and conlcmplated. That is the Justice Department's reply 
to latest overtures from picture groups. 

Cageyhess was employed when Harry Brandt visited the Justice De- 
partment last week seeking assurance the Federal Government would 
not object to pact sponsored by the Independent Theatre Owners Asso- 
ciation. Attorney General Murphy and Paul lyiUiams, one of the 
chief prosecutors of the picttue ca.ses, both flatly refused to talk about 
the matter unless there was a pledge which would give the' D. J. 
complete freedom to go ahead and definite understanding the Govern- 
ment is not compromiiied. 

Relating his' talk with Brandt and Milton Weisman, counsel for the 
indie group, Murphy said 'Thie Government cannot approve anything 
that woijld interfere with its present litigation or prejudice its position.' 

Referee Obey to Supervise All GN 
Business Affab; Chandler Act 
Reorg Lists $549,403 Liabilities 



Hunchback' (RKO) for 
the Hall during the holidays, the Hall 
is set on nothing but 'Pinnochio' 
(Disney-RKO) which it will get 
around Feb. 1, that being the release 
date on this one. 

While more often than not, major 
pictures have gone into dates in 
I many other parts of the country 
^ ; prior to Broadway, the extension of 
playing time in N. , Y. due to band 
' and other in-per.son attractions, plus 
' a determination to push film further, 
: is now leading to the severe un- 
'■ easiness on the part of the sub- 
j .sequent run operators. An improved 
; product on the whole is also partly 
I responsible, making it possible for 
i the holding of film longer than hor- 
' mally. might be the case. 

Probable long runs for 'Wind.' 



ol product, much of which has been 
playing the rest of the country long 
before N. Y., the distribs are not 
making much excess film available 
for secondary first-runs. This, in 
iurn, is causing plenty of worry 
among such hou.ses as the Criterion, 
Globe and Rialto, last-mentioned 
having been forced to make a deal 
with Harry Brandt to profit 
Brandt's buying power. 

Eecau.se of the jam, it may be nec- 
es.sary for nabes to t>y to obtain 
cheaper film — anything they can get 
on the market — for first-run dates. 
This has occurred from time to time 
■wheti no one downtown wanted cer- 
tain films, but not frequently. It 
may be that an effort will have to be 
made to try to stretch engagements 
further in the neighborhoods or an 
attempt made to get along on single 
bills. Neither appear to be very safe 
solutions at present. 

Metro's 3 for Music Hall 
RKO, with which the Music Hall 
has a selective deal, has had nothing 
in that theatre since 'Ca--ei;' early 
in October and .sees no room until 
'Hunchback of Notre Dame,' now 
ready, goes in around the holidays. 

The M.H., meantime, has bought \ 

'Ninotchka' from Metro and is dick- | • rri M 

ering with latter for two additionals KirPn T lIAahrp Mor 
lofollow, 'Remember?' (Robert Tay- i*^"'^" lllCdUC lUgl . 
lor-Greer Garson) and 'Another \ 
Thin Man' iMyrna Loy-William 
Powell). House has al.so bought "We : 
Are Not Alone' <Muni) from War- I 
rers. I 
Negotiations foT Metro trio are ; 
enabled since Metro hopes to remain | 
in the Capitol for eight weeks with 



LA. County Taxes 
On Picture, Radio 
Studios $1341 j 



Studio Contracts 



Hollywood, Nov. 7. 

Picture and radio studios will con- 
tribute $1,341,029 in taxes to L,os An- 
geles county for the '39-40 period as 
its portion of the $125,825,529 to be 
collected. Assessed valuation is ap- 
proximately 45% of the real value 
of the property against which the 
tax is levied. Total paid this year 
represents an increase of 2% over 
last collection period. 

Heaviest valuation was assessed 
against Warners, which will pay 
$297,061. Loew's, 20th-Fox and Par- 
amount are next in that order. 

Assessed valuation and taxes to be 
paid are tabled herewith: 



Hollywood, Nov. 7. 

SiLsanna Foster inked player pact 
at Paramount. 

20th-^ox handed 'player ticket to 
Elise Knox. 

20th-Fox hoisted Marjorie Weav- 
er's option. 

Boris Ingster inked a new writ- 
ing pact at 20»h-Fox. 

George Sanders' option lifted by 
20th-Fox. 

Robert Ryan penned player con- 
tract with Paramount. 

RKO handed actor ticket to Ed- 
mond O'Brien. 



New Pa. Tax Levy of $2 
Per Reel May Create 



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WiirnrrM ... 
I,«ew'j». Inc. 



'Gulliver,' 'Ninotchka' (guaranteed i -'•lUi-i".. 



for three weeks at the Hall). , "Pin 
hochio' and perhaps some others, is 
adding to the grief of the subs. 

'Elisabeth and Essex' will have a 
total of 265 openings this week, but 
won't get into the N. Y. Strand until 
Dec. 1. Warner production has been 
.set for general release Saturday 
(11). 



Confesses Vandalism 
To His Former House 



Police 



Akron, Nov. 7. 
said today that Arthxir 
'Gone With the Wind? opening there ; Durocheri former manager of the 
Dec. 20, according to plans. Mean- | Nixon, A^^ron nabe. had confessed 
lime, the Cap has a couple of other 1° breaking into the theatre early 
pictures going in. 'Wind' will grind ! F'''day morning (3) and doing $2,- 
st an upped jscale. . ""O damage to sound and projection 

RKO circuit second run gels the j equipment. • Durocher, police said. 



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Grand National Pictures, Inc.'.i 
petition for reorganization has been 
referred to Peter B. Oiuey. Jr.. N. Y, 
federal court referee, who inimrdi- 
ately signed an order setting the first 
creditors hearing for Nov. .17. All 
GN checks rhust be countcr.-iifined 
by the referee; no increases in wages 
may be granted, no additions c:in be 
made to the payroll, and a moiithly 
schedule must be filed .showing dis- 
position of assets. Nothing may be 
sold by the company without per- 
mission of the court, and the dc-blor 
may continue in operation ot Wa 
business for 30 days, with lhc-.-:c re- 
strictions. 

' Grand NationaKs voluntary peti- 
tion for reorganization under Ch,-ip. 
! ter XI of the Chandler net was filed 
on Thursday (2), listing a.ssels of 
; $1,518,418 and liabilities of $S1!).403. 
; The bulk of the ' assets cnnipri.se 
: trademarks and rei.ssue rights of 
negatives which are valued at $1,040.- 
543, and based solely on a continued 
n. f D ' 1 ■ °P^"l'°n of the company. The GN 

jbOrtaSe Ot rnntS,'^'''^<=^0'°s declare that a discontinu- 
! ance. of operations, or li(|iiidiition, 
would render this largest a.s.set 
Philadelphia, Nov. 7. ' worthless. Simultaneously witli the 
A shortage ot film prints is feared filing of the petition. Judge Siimiiel 
by exhibs in this territory follow- ; Mandelbaum issued a slay, order pie- 
^. ^ ^ , venting any creditor from intertcr- 

ing the announcement by the ' i„g ^jj^ ^Q,„pa„y g^^^pn,„^,„j,h 

Penn.sylvania Slate Board of Censors ' the bankruptcy law 
lhat it will enforce its $2-a-rcel levy A plan of reorganization .ircom- 
slarling next week. Until now the . panied the petition signed by Earle 
tax had not been arbitrary, with | W. Hammons, president, which pio- 
Ihe board lenient when extra prints | vides for payment in full to all nedi- 
were needed and brought in from | tors. The priority claims of the U. S. 
outside exchanges. If the cen.sors , Government, the Slate of New York 
lay down the law as they threaten, | and the , City of New York, will be 
disti'ibutors will ship less prints ' taken c&re of by means of negotiation 
into the area, making cxhibitor.s bclweerf the involved parties. To 
wait until they are available. i general un.secured creditors will go 

This situation would react again.st ' a sum equal to 25% of their claim.s,-'' 
the small exhibs, who are complain- I 45 days after confirmation of the 
ing now that they are being dis- I plan; 15% within .seven monltis of 
criminated against for the benefit ot ! confirmation; 10% within 10 nioiilhs; 
the chains. The only other altevna- | 25% in 14 months, and 2.1'.;. within 
live would be for the exchanges to ] 18 month.s. 

pass the added co.st to the theatre | Educational Picture.s. Inc.. the 
operator. But this would raise a , bankrupt's parent, the pttilion 
louder squawk, as the exhibs charge i claims, has been promised n Iikh.i ot 
they are now being overcharged for ' $450,000 frorti the Reconstruction 
films. 



Exchange dlTicials and representa- 
I lives of the exhibitors are meeting 
I with the censors seeking to effect a 
. compromise. 



Warner, 20th-Fox, part of the U 
product and has its own RKO jjic- 
lures, while the Loew cliain has its 
own <Metro), l>)ited Artists, Para- 
mount and Columbia. 

The 20th-Fox product is not stalled ' aS"- 
£0 bad as the others, although an ! On opening Friday noon Stadler 
outside booking for the Roxy is j found that a three-foot hole had 
•Housekeeper's Daughter' (UA), ! been cut in the .screen, the screen 



confessed he conceived the wreck' 
I ing operation as a means of 'getting 
I back' at Charles Stadler, proprietor 
of the house, after beinK discharged 
■ from his theatre job eight months 



Finance Corporation, provided an ad- 
I dilional $150,000 can be secured. Ot 
I this amount, $100,000 will be coming 
'■ from Electrical Research Products, 
: Inc., and $15,000 from National City 
Bank. The remaining $35.000.. l5 
claimed from other sources. 
I Educational lo Bankroll 

' Grand National, the appiiciilion 
. slates, will receive sulTicicnt funds 
Minneapoli.s. Nov. 7.. from Educational to make the pa.v 
University of Minnesota is first ' ments mentioned, and free its assets 



U. of Minn. 1st to Teach 
Animated Pic Cartooning 



probably Nov. 24. This picture has 
been on release since Oct. 26 waiting 
for a N. Y. dale. In addition to that, 
between now and Jan. 1, in all prob- 
nbility, the Roxy will play only three 
20Ih films, 'Daytime Wife,' "Bluebird' 
and 'Swance River,' .last-mentioned 
for the. holidays. 

Far and Strand Well Set 

Both the Strand, show-window for 
Warner pictures, and the Par, /lag- 
ship of the Par chain, are out- 
stretched on bookings through to the 
first of the year. 

Strand brings in 'Roaring Twen- 
ties,' with the Bob Crosby band for 
three week.s, on Friday (10), fol- 
lowed by three weeks of 'Elisabeth 
and Es.sex' and the Al Donahue i 



! curtains had been ripped down and 
; the projectors and .sound towers 
I smashed. Stalder said the heal con- 
; trol unit of the furnace equipment 
< al.so had been smashed. 
I Municipal Judge Clande Emmons 
: .set bond of $10,000 on two charges 
I of malicious destruction of property 
and of breaking and entering and 
bound . Durocher ovei to the grand 
.jury, 



Dietrich Still Dickers 
For U. S. Tax Refunding 

Washington, Nov. 7. 
Review of controversy with the 
Treasury about tax returns for 1936 
and 1937 was sought last week by 
Marlene Dietrich. The Gam girl 

and her husband have been billed i 

by Internar Revenue Bureau, in- school in the nation lo make ani- now held by preferred creditors end 
eluding penalties, for $142,193 on mated cartoons and in January it j be able to re-pledge the same lo se- 

will become the first to teach its stu- : cure the new lenders, it will enable 
dents how to produce them, provid- | better distribution of the films now 
ing a. potential talent source for the on hand, and will place GN in b 
cartoon comedy producers in Holly- 
wood. 

An animated color cartoon, depict- 
ing the history and problems ot tlie 
Minnesota iron ore indu.stry. is now 
in production at the university. 



charge they miscalculated . the 
amount owed in income levies. 

Settlement proposal has been 
spurned; although case still is before 
the Justice Department. Legal 
scrutiny will be undertaken by the 
U. S. Board of Tax Appeals. 



WB Pacts Nell O'Day 



solid financial position whcreb.v it 
can obtain additional film financing. 
Lastly it will enable the coitiprni.v to 
carry on as a going concern. 

The list of creditors include? some 
$34,229 owed for Uxes in 21 stale.s. 



Nell O'Day, caught by a Warner 
.scout in slock, was inked to a term 
He was placed in county jail I pact and shipped to the Coast last 



in lieu of bond. 



EOADSHOW 'BLUEBIRD' 



week. She was approved by Jack 
Warner, company's production head, 
whp was in New York, before being 
signed. 

Appearance in Pearl Buck's 'Flight 



Hollywood, Nov. 7. 
Shirley Temple s 'The Bluebird' i Into China' at the Papermill PJay 
will be roadsbowed by 20lh. j house, Millburn, N. J., won her the 

Withdrawn from the holiday .sched- | tenner without a screen test. She 
orchestra. That takes the hou.se up j ule and goes out after first of the : had previously played in 'One lor 
piobably be 'Four Wives'; Sheplyear on heels ol a heavy campaign. , the Money' on Broadway. 



The animated division is r. part of I in N. Y. 47 persons are owed $l!l.053. 
a visual education department with I Taxes due the U S. are $l.'l.'-!4« fn<l 
Dr Otto Radl and Kai el Dodal, w ho | n. state $11,022. 
came here from the one-time. Creditors holding .securities are 
Czecho-Slovakia, m charge. They | owed $102 708 They art William 
had animated cartoon comedy ex- skirball, holding two-rrti .'^liirley 
perience m their native country. ' Temple productions, $5,198: Arcadia 
■ — i Pictures Corp., holding a fii .'-l li'n 

ROA€H TROUPE TO NEVADA ^ ^IS^SSUI^Il^/'/io^^ir MuSio 
Hollywood, Nov. 7. i equipment and all rights on Ifi-mni' 
Hal Roach and company moved j films, $35,150; J. D. Magiiirc, holding 
yesterday (Mon.) lo Logan.sdale, lo two-reel films, $22.6().'t: »"<1 
Nev., for three week.s of shooting on I Luxe Laboratories holding moiclian- 
his prehistoric picture, "1,000,000 ; disc,- $12,632. 
, C.' . ■ j Among .some ot the le.s-ser citdf' 

I D. W. Griffith is producer I (Continued on page 47) 



Wednesday, November 8, 1939 



PICTURES 



VARIETY 



STALUNG CANCELUTIONS 



Brandt's Code Proposals Might 
Incept a Flock of Sinular Ideas 



A bombardment of trade practice 
code proposals embracing clearance 
and arbitration is feared from all 
parts of the country as result of the 
inovement on foot by Harry Brandt, 
exhibitor leader, to formulate one 
of his own for distributor consid- 
eration. In the event that Brandt, 
who is president of the Independent 
Theatre Owners' Assn. of N. ^ Y., 
Bucceeds in getting agreement' of 
distributors for a code which he 
trames, there is no doubt in film 
circles but that other organizations 
.will follow suit. 

" ■ Position of the distributors is a 
dubious one in view of the rejec- 
tion of the trad« practices pact 
which was drafted for the entire in- 
dustry and subsequent efforts, in an 
individual way, to provide a portion 
of the . relief which had been in- 
corporated in the code killed by the 
Dept. of Justice. The question inT 
volved in acquiescing to any code 
with a single exhibitor' association 
Is whether that may in any way 
jeopardize a distrib in the U. S. anti- 
trust suit and whether or not spe- 
cial privileges might not be avail- 
able to one exhib while not to an- 
other. Intent of the code was that 
It would be industry-wide and any 
exhibitor could have it, though if 
be didn't want to take advantage of 
the benefits thereunder, he didn't 
have to sign up. 

Following the death-blow struck 
the trade practices concordat by 
Washington, numerous important ex- 
bib bodies in addition to the ITOA 
were highly disappointed over its 
fate. While Increased cancellations 
and other items were regarded as 
very desirable, most exhib associa- 
tions mourned the loss of clearance 
and arbitration the most. 

Some of the distribs are providing 
■for arbitration on an optional, vol- 
untary basis but along lines that do 
not approach the detailed and et- 
(ective manner in which machinery 
had been set up under the code. In 
the minds of the majority of exhib 
leaders, arbitration and the clear- 
ance problem are of uppermost im 
portance in effecting more harmoni- 
ous dealings between distrib and the 
account. 

Strongly in favor of th e code 
Brandt is said to be proceding on 
the theory that if a distributor wants 
to agree on a means of handing 
clearance dispu:es and setting up 
more effective arbitration than now 
existing in certain film contracts, 
there should be nothing to go against 
that agreement. Only stipulation 
made by Attorney General Frank 
Murphy, whom Brandt sounded on 
his plan, was that the distribs could 
not use agreement on any code de- 
veloped by Brandt as a defense in 
the U. S. suit. 

A deluge of similar code proposals 
by other exhibitor organizations 
might complicate the situation, 
however, it is believed in trade 
circles. Distribs, as yet, are not 
making their position clear in the 
matter, pending further develop- 
ments and a study of the proposals 
to be made them by Brandt. 
■The probability is that the major 
producer-distribs will rest on the 
stand taken when the code was 
ready for presentation to the indus- 
try. This was that if the code, as 
Written, was not acceptable to the 
Industry, they would take their 
chances on the U. S. suit. 

Pa. Censors Pass Hitler 
Film Which N. Y. Nixed 

Philadelphia, Nov. 7. 

'Hitler, the Beast of Berlin', 
banned in New York, received an 
O. K. from the Pennsylvania board 
of censors Wednesday (1) Mrs. Edna 
Carroll, board chairman, said Penn 
sylvania law docs not bar propa 
eanda films. She denied the picture 
was 'sacrilegious', as alleged by the 
N. Y. censors. 

The picture is almost docu- 
mentary and stark in its simplicity', 
she declared. 'It is my belief that 
only the persons who want the mes- 
sage the film attempts to convey 
Will go to see it. I don't believe it 
Will hurt them". 



Would Reclassify Extras 



Hollywood, Nov. 7. 
. Screen Actors Guild last night 
(Monday) asked producers for re- 
classification of various wage brack- 
ets for extras. Under the proposed 
revision the $5.50 a day check would 
vanish, with many who are now 
drawing $8.25 lifted into $11 classifi- 
cation. 

I£ their request is rejected, SAG 
may ask for arbitration. 



BINGOMASTER 
NABBED FOR 
SWINDLING 



Rochester, N. Y., Nov. 7. 

LeVere Fuller, WSAY radio an- 
nouncer, and Charles E. Miller, op- 
erator of bingo games here, were 
arrested in Tampa, Fla., last Friday 
at fugitives from justice and held in 
$25,000 bail each. Monroe County 
District Attorney Daniel J. O'Mara 
ordered their arrest after investiga- 
tion of bingo games conducted in 
the Roller Drome in Rochester. He 
charged that on three successive 
weeks $500 top prizes went to in- 
dividuals provided by the manage- 
ment with master cards, and who 
turned back the money to the op- 
erators in return for a small re- 
muneration. At least one $50 prize 
and one of $25 was handled in the 
same manner, O'Mara charges. 

It was indicated the pair would 
fight extradition to New York State 
and'officials are taking steps to bring 
Ihem back. 

Result oi his probe caused O'Mara 
to put a county-wide ban on bingo. 
Theatres immediately quit all money 
games and reportedly were glad of 
this way out because they had be- 
come of questionable value. Further- 
more, the adverse publicity was 
bound to make it 'touchy.' Most 
nabes were using money games, but 
three main downtown houses never 
had tried it. 



5 DISTRIBS MAY 
DO SO TIL '4041 



Enlarged Cancellation Privi- 
lege Was Conditioned 
Upon Acceptance of the 
Code by All — RKO, Co- 
lumbia, U, Rep and Mono 
May Defer it Until Next 
Season 



DIFFERENT ANGLES 



Coffee and — 

Philadelphia, Nov. 7. 

Two weeks ago a local indie start- 
ed a new giveaway at his house— a 
can of coffee. 

'What, no doughnuts?', a smart 
aleck patron remarked. 

The next day the indie started giv- 
ing away a bag of doughnuts with 
each can of coffee. 



Film Eds Nix Moye 
To Align Willr lATSE 

Hollywood, Nov. 7. 

Society of Motion Picture Film 
Editors last night (Monday) tumed 
down a proposal to affiliate with the 
lATSE by a vote of 374 to 29. It 
also ordered a negotiating commit- 
tee to press demands for a 10% 
wage increase in all classiflcations. 

Affiliation vote was split between 
remaining' independent or aligning 
with some strong group other 
than lA. 



Cherlok's Busy Sked 

Hollywood,. Nov. 7. 

Jack Cherlok, recently upped to 
the status of feature producer at 
Metro, has five stories lined up for 
future shooting. 

Meanwhile, he will continue in 
charge of the shorls department, 
chiefly In an advisory capacity. 



Companies which have not as yet 
worked out an enlarged cancella- 
tion privilege, plus, other trade 
practice reforms patterned after the 
code that have been adopted by 
four of the majors, are studying the 
situation carefully before moving, 
and it Js believed In some quarters 
that not all of the distribs will do 
anything at this time. This is pred- 
icated partly on the delay in distrib 
camps that are continuing on the old 
basis of a flat 10% exclusion to the 
exhibitor. ' As result, the code's pro- 
visos may be stalled until 1940-41 for 
many. 

While RKO, Universal and Co- 
lumbia had agreed to the code and 
arbitration as finally set up, with 
Col.'s Abe Montague one of the 
most active members of the distrib- 
utor negotiating committee, this 
agreement as signatories was con- 
ditional upon acceptance of the 
code by the industry. However, al- 
though these three majors are tak- 
ing their time on incorporating 
codistic points in their sales con- 
tracts, the belief is that eventually 
they will have to come along, plus 
Republic and Monogram. - 

Being virtually sold on 1939-40 
now, with other companies not hav- 
ing granted an enlarged cancella- 
tion until they also were well under 
way in the selling season, if RKO, 
Col, U, Monogram and Republic do 
not revise policies this year, they 
would no doubt be forced to it when 
it comes time to begin approaching 
accounts on the 1940-41 product. 

RKO, which is incorporating a 
long clause in its contracts calling 
for optional arbitration, has been 
discussing an increased cancellation 
clause for some time and what sys- 
tem should be pursued, if any, but 
to date nothing concrete has been 
determined. "This is also true of 
Universal and Columbia, in quarters 
of which it is indicated a higher 
exclusion is likely. U has been dis 
cussing just how high to make it 
and whether it should be patterned 
after the 10-15-20% range as called 
for by the code, based upon rental 
averages of its accounts. 

Columbia is understood to be mull- 
ing different angles on cancellation 
and other trade practice changes, 
with exhibitors being sounded for 
reaction. Monogram and Republic, 
whose distribution problems differ 
somewhat from those of the Big 8. 
are not known to have given code 
points much consideration, to date. 
These two companies, though na- 
tionally organized with franchised 
exchanges, are not members of the 
Hays office nor did they participate 
in any way in the negotiation of 
the code. On acceptance of the code, 
the. plan of the Big 8 was to in- 
vite Mono and Rep to come in. 

Metro, Warners, Paramount and 
20th-Fox all established much good 
will through voluntary adoption of 
a 20% cancellation ceiling, with re- 
sultant reflection in sales on the '39- 
40 product. 

Under RKO's optional arbitration 
clause, when disputes arise the ex- 
hibitor and distributor are to .select 
an arbitrator each and then a tlitrd, 
a neutral, from outside of the in- 
dustry, to fill the panel. Should 
both sides fail to agree on the third 
member, the American Arbitration 
Association is to. name him. "The 
decision or award o£ the arbitration 
panel shall be final. 



Studios' Request for Cancellation 
Of 10% Wage Tilts Up to Bioff; 
Producers Rule Out Any Increases 



4 Bells for Katzman 



Sacramento, Nov. 7. 

Sam Katzman filed incorporation 
papers for a new outfit known as 
Four Bell Pictures, devoted to the 
filming of action melodramas. 

First film on the slate is 'East Side 
of New York,' with Bob Hill as- 
signed to direct. 



SAG EXTENDS 
AGENTPACT 
EAST 



Hollywood, Nov. 7. 

Next move by Screen Actors' 
Guild for a complete encompass- 
ment of agents under the new licens- 
ing agreement is to extend the drive 
to New York. Ken Thomson, SAG 
executive secretary, said he is hope- 
ful of bringing eastern percenters 
under provisions of the contract, 
signed last week by Coast agents, 
within two weeks. 

Although new covenant limits con- 
tracts to picture representation, 
agent may negotiate a separate ar- 
rangement for radio and other the- 
atrical pursuits. Main provision of 
the licensing pact concerns right of 
actor to void pact if agent fails to 
provide him with 18 days' work 
within any period of 120 days. 



PAINTERS DEFER 15% 
DEMANDS UNTIL DEC. 6 



Hollywood. Nov. 7. 

Action on their demand for 'a 15% 
wage increase was put over by the 
Studio Painters until Dec. 6, follow- 
ing a parley yesterday (Monday) 
with the producers' committee. 

The local, 644, Is expected to vote 
next week to vest full authority 
with Herbert Sorrell, biz rep, to 
take whatever action he deems 
necessary to enforce demands for an 
increase after studio basic agree- 
ment conference in Newark. 



Eastern SAG's Annual 
Meeting Last Fri. (3) 

Eastern branch of the Screen Ac- 
tors' Guild held its annual member- 
ship meeting and election Friday 
(3) at the Astor hotel, N. Y. In 
addition to voting down a proposal 
to limit eligibility to its advisory 
board, the membership hoard the 
annual report of Mrs. Florence 
Marston, eastern representative. 
About 300 were present. 

New members of the advisory 
council elected were Stephen Kent, 
Walter Scott Weeks, Jack Harwood^ 
Philip Ober and Bert Wilcox, for 
three years; Ethel Curtis, John 
Neilan, Frank McNcllis, Robert 
Lynn and John Lynn and John 
Hylarid, for two years; and Joseph 
Melherney, Florence Aucr, Florence 
Richardson, John Dale and Edward 
Lawrence, for one year. 

The proposed rule regarding eli 
gibility to the council would have 
barred members whose parent or 
ganization is one of the other Asso- 
ciated Actors & Artistes of America 
affiliates. Its defeat was viewed by 
certain council members aj tending, 
to cement relations with, various 
Four A's affiliates and advance the 
formation of 'one big union,' 



Hollywood, Nov. 7. 

No definite action on wage-and- 
hour negotiations with studio crafts 
will be taken until William Bioft, 
lATSE Coast rep, reports on the 
producers request that lA 'voluntar- 
ily relinquish' the 10% increase 
granted last September. 

Studios have notified machinists, 
plasterers and other independent 
unions that no wage increase is pos- 
sible at this timci and it is useless to 
start negotiations. Producers are also 
deferring contract signing with 
Screen Publicists Guild imtil after 
confabs on a basic agreement. 

Although a 10% kickback by I A 
is opposed by some members, ft is 
understood that the majority of the 
committee members are satisfied to 
abide by any decision recommended 
by BiofT. ■ . . 

• The three talent guilds, which de- 
clined to attend a meeting with pro- 
ducers last Saturday, are being 
sounded out by Bioff for some ex- 
pi'ession on the producer request. 
He was to meet Tuesday with Ken 
Thomson, of Screen Actors Guild. 
Screen Writers Guild told Bioff that 
it reserves the right to negotiate di- 
rectly and independently. 

Closed shop on indie studios is in- 
dicated by the okay of the National 
Labor Relations Board on lATSE 
control of technical workers in that 
field. Walter Spreckels, NLRB re- 
gional director, ruled, that official 
certification of lATSE as bargaining 
representatives for workers was not 
necessary, inasmuch as there was no 
opposition to the claim of majority. 
It means undisputed control of sev- 
eral hundred workmen in indie 
plants, sometimes running as high as 
1,000. 

Rule Dissolution Local 37 
lATSE won a decision in Superior 
Court when Judge Emmet Wilson re- 
fused to issue an order restraining 
that organization from dissolving 
Technicians Local 37. Judge ruled 
that it was an inter-union affair and 
that there was no evidence that the 
by-laws had been broken. Ruling 
gives lATSE the legal right to dis- 
solve Local 37. 

Plan to provide work for unem- 
ployed members of the Screen Pub- 
licists Guild in handling freelance 
accounts is being worked out by 
John P. Miles. Money secured in 
this manner is to be apportioned 
among members out of work. Unit 
in charge of these activities will be 
known as the Guild Bureau, oper- 
ating separately from SPG. 

Class A members of Screen Actors 
Guild approved the by-law amend- 
ments recently adopted by the board 
of directors and installed the officers 
reelected for another year. They are 
Ralph Morgan, president; Kenneth 
Thomson, executive secretary; James 
Cagney, first vice-president; Joan 
Crawford, second v.p.; Edward Arn- 
old, third v.p.; Paul Harvey, record- 
ing secretary. Porter Hall, treasurer. 

Members of the board of directors 
are Walter Abel, Humphrey Bogart, 
Beulah Bondi, Ralph Byrd, Pedro de 
Cordoba, Dudley Digges, Melvyn 
Douglas, Lucille Gleason, William 
Henry, Hugh Herbert, Jean Hersholt, 
Howard Hickman, Russell Hicks, 
Boris Karloff, Claude King, Peter 
Lorre, Noel Madison, Frank McHugh, 
Robert Montgomery, Frank Morgan, 
Jean Muir, George Murphy, Erin 
O'Brien-Moore, Irving Pichel, Elisa- 
beth Risdon, Edward G. Robinson, 
Edwin Stanley, Gloria Stuart, Fran- 
chot Torte, Dorothy Tree and Mor- 
gan Wallace. 

Full meeting of the Producers As- 
signing a contract with the Screen 
Publicists Guild this w;ck. Details 
were discussed at a three-hour con- 
ference at which the producers were 
represented by Sam Briskin. Wil- 
liam Goetz and Matty Fox. Spokes- 
men for the flacks were George 
Bodle, Bill Edwards, Leslie Mason 
^ and Don King, Sitting in on the ses- 
] sion were Pat Casey and Fred Pel- 
I ton, producer labor contacts. 



6 



VARIETY 



PKTURES 



Wedneeday, November 8, 1939 



14 States Snagged SIOMOOO In 
Amus. Taxes on Top of U.S.' $19,000j 



Washington, Nov. 7. 
Tax grabbers from 14 states raked 
In $10,000,000 on top o: the federal 
government's $19,000,000 haul in the 
1939 fiscal year, according to special 
Commerce Department study of 
amusement levies. Exact amount 
was considerably greater, since some 
of the states lumped their admis- 
sions share with other forms of reve- 
nue. 

California headed thie list, taking 
$3,001,000, of states bolstering their 
income with specialized taxes hitting 
amusements, and got almost 10% of 
its total revenues from this source. 
Florida came second, taking $2,001,- 
000, with Ohio the only other state 
in the seven-digit bracket, pocketing 
$1,751,000. 

Total state receipts from amuse- 
ments were $12,530,000, a drop in 
the bucket compared with tht aggre- 
gate of $3,169,000,000. But it mounted 
up ir. several states, even disregard- 
ing thfe Federal Government's grab 
of $19,471,000 in the 12 months ended 
June 30. 

Amount laken in six states was not 
obtainable because bookkeeping 
methods included the general sales 
tax returns. In two oliier instances 
the slice from racetrack betting was 
reported along with • amusement 
levies. 

The states where the amounts could 
be broken down showed the follow- 
ing income attributable to levies on 
amusements: - 

Connecticut $12,000 

New York 772,000 

Ohio 1,751,000 

Illinois 629,000 

Michigan 34,000 

Wisconsin 6,000 

Virginia 473,000 

S«uth Carolina ♦145,000 

Florida 2,001,000 

Kentucky 646,000 

Mississippi • 425,000 

California 3,001,000 

Arkansas 74,000 

Washington 746,000 

• Estimated. 



Hugh Herbert Extends 
Personals; Air Dicker 



Newark, Nov. 7. 

Hugh Herbert, currently at the 
Adams, did not . expect to work dur- 
ing his sojourn in east, but now he 
doesn't know when he'll stop. He's 
set for a flock of vaud-film personals. 
His only definite commitments are 
two pix for Metro and Universal 
before April 1. 

Comic is flirting with radio, which 
would not interfere with his studio 
work. 



WB Theatre Not 
Held liable For 
Freak Accident 



Indie Minnesota, MplSn 
Tryii^ Everythittg In 
The Book to Get Over 



Minneapolis, Nov. 7. 
In a desperate effort to put over 
the 4,000-seat Minnesota theatre, 
■with its heavy operating nut which 
the Paramount Northwest circuit 
was unable to crack, managing di- 
rector Gordon Greene is going in 
for everything in the showmen's 
book. Now he's trying double fea- 
tures one night a week. He also 
has cash . gift nights twice weekly, 
dancing in the lobby every Friday 
night and five extra stage acts on 
dull Mondays. 

Unable to obtain any major screen 
product, Greene now is going after 
the biggest stage names available 
and the theatre's admission has been 
boosted from 30 to 40c top. John 
Boles this week is drawing down 
$2,500. When he played the same 
house two years ago Boles' salary 
was $5,500 for the week. 

Theatre uses four vaudeville acts 
on each show and also has an 18- 
piece orchestra and 12-girl line. It's 
being operated for its owners, who 
were unable to obtain a lessee, and 
no rent is charged against opera' 
tions. Despite this advantage, how' 
ever, going is tough, generally ad 
verse businesis conditions aggravat 
lug its problems. 



Albany, Nov. 7. 

The Court of Appears has set aside 
awards in three actions against the 
Stanley-Mark-Strand Corp. (Warner 
Bros.) growing out of an accident 
at the Broadway Strand, N. Y., on 
Oct. 10, 1936, in which a series of 
shDves forced two persons to fall 
over the rail around the mezzanine 
and caused one of them to strike a 
patron sitting in the orchestra. The 
State's highest court, in a decision 
written by Chief Justice Frederick 
E. Crane and concurred in by three 
associates (two dissented) held that 
a theatre owner cannot be expected 
to anticipate someone will fall over 
a 32-inch rail. 

The opinion stated construction 
of the Strand was similar to several 
others in New York and elsewhere; 
that a well-known architect had pre- 
pared the plans in accordance with 
the approval of the N. Y. City build- 
ing •department and they were 
similar to like classes of structures; 
that the theatre as built had been 
safe in constant use for many years. 
Under these conditions, the mere 
fact of an accident was not sufficient 
to cast responsibility for faulty con- 
struction upon the owner, the pre- 
vailing opinion ruled. 

While conceding that theatre pa- 
trons should not be placed in jeop- 
ardy through someone or something 
falling from above. Judge Crane's 
opinion said the same risk would 
have been run if a person jumped 
over the rail. . Accident was 'one of 
those unfortunate occurrences for 
which the law provides no remedy.' 



Sherwood's Fdm 'Abe' 
May YieM Him $400,000 

Hollywood, Nov. 7. 
Robert Sherwood's share of the 
picturizatlon of his *At>e Lmcoln in 
Illinois' by RKO may run to arodnd 
$400,000. 

To date the author has been paid 
over $85,000, out of the '$120,000 paid 
by HKO for the play. One-fifth of 
the balance went to the five founders 
of the Playwrights Company. Sher- 
wood's cut is on a percentage of the 
gross which studio figures will hit 
around $2,500,000. Film cost around 
$1,200,000 to produce. 

Picture gels a roadshow run be- 
fore general release. 



ROACH AFTER 2 PLAYS 

'Yoong Maa with Horn' for Meredith 
— 'life with Falber' for Younf 



Having Burgess Meredith under 
contract' for another film, Hal Roach 
is anxious to purchase screen rights 
to 'Young Man with a Horn,' in 
which Meredith will appear on 
Broadway. Latter just completed 
'Of Mice and Men' for Roach. 

There's an unusual set of circum- 
stances around the Dorothy Baker 
biography of Bix Beiderbeckc, 
famed hot trumpeter. It was writ- 
ten on a Literary Fellowship award 
by Houghton, Mifin, the publishers, 
who retained the film rights except 
for a minor percentage designated 
for Mrs. Baker. They sold these 
rights, shortly after publication' two 
years ago, to the American Pictures 
Co., of which Edward A. Blatt is the 
principaL 

Blatt is now working with Mrs. 
Baker on the. legit dramatization. 
Therefore he could not sell the film 
rights to the play without her ap- 
proval, although he could sell the 
book. Blatt said yesterday that he 
would sell his rights only at an ex- 
ceptional figure as he desires to pro- 
duce the film himself. 

Roach is also interested in pur- 
chasing 'Life with Father' as a vehi- 
cle for Roland Young. Play is not 
now optioned by anyone, although 
Warner Bros, wanted to put money 
into its production. It opens tonight 
on Broadway under an indie legit 
producer's sponsorship— Oscar Ser- 
jin, once with Paramount in the east. 



L Pan] PfaiOips, Head 
Of Par's Realty Dept, 
Killed in Anto Crash 



Cooper's Month's Swing 
Over His (Par) Theatres 



J. H. Cooper, ' Paramount theatre 
partner in Oklahoma, Nebraska and 
Colorado, who headquarters in the 
east, leaves tomorrow (Thurs.). on a 
month's tour of the circuit, accom- 
panied by Joe PhHipson in charge for 
Cooper at Par home office. Bert Tur- 
geon, who formerly booked for 
Cooper theatres from Oklahoma 
City, is now in the east handling 
film buying-booking from Cooper's 
farm at Milbrook, N. Y. He is 
bringing his family on from Okla- 
homa City' this week. 

The permanent partnership be- 
tween Par and Cooper, long in work, 
has ^ot yet been finally set up but 
expected that it will be completed 
shortly. 

E. J. Sparks, Florida theatre part 
ner of Paramounl's, and Fred H. 
Kent, Sparks' attorney frpm Jack' 
sonville, are in New York for an in- 
determinate visit conferring with 
home office officials on circuit mat- 
ters. In addition to discussing re- 
funding of bonds, steps are being 
taken for the dissolution, of smaller 
companies subsidiary to the Sparks 
circuit 



Calling All Carpenters 

Hollywood, Nov. 7. 

Construction of seven sets oh 
seven sound stages at Metro has put 
to work 200 carpenters. 

Layouts are being- readied for 
'Florian,' 'Earl of Chicago,' 'New 
Moon,' 'Congo Maisie' and 'Broadway 
Melody of 104&.' 



Killed In an auto crash while tour- 
ing Minnesota on business for Para- 
mount, funeral services were ■ held 
for E. Paul Phillips, head of the Par 
real estate department for .<;everal 
years, at Stapleton, N. Y., Monday 
afternoon (6). Masonic services were 
held Sunday (■=>). He was 48. 

Phillips was killed Wednesday aft- 
ernoon (1), together with Otto H. 
Muller, Far Minneapolis executive, 
when their auto was sideswiped by 
.a truck carrying concrete bricks. Car 
was virtually torn in half, with Phil- 
lips and Muller, on the side that was 
struck, killed instantly. Muller was 
45. 

L. J. Ludwig, co-operator with 
John J. Friedl of. the Par northwests 
ern theatres, and Charles Burton, in 
charge of the Par maintenance de- 
partment at the h.o., who were on 
the other side of the car, escaped 
with injuries, Ludwig'the more seri- 
ously hurt. He suffered head in- 
juries and cuts plus a broken collar 
bone, but is believed to have es- 
caped a concussion. He is in a hos- 
pital at Waseca, Minnl, where the 
accident occurred. Burton is ex- 
pected to leave the hospital today 
(Wed.) and will recuperate at the 
home of relatives in Wisconsin. Lud- 
wig makes headquarters at Minne- 
apolis, where Muller was in charge 
of maintenance and purchasing for 
Par. 

Phillips and the other three men 
were making a tour of northwestern 
towns on real estate matters and for 
consultation on contemplated im- 
provements to theatres in the Par 
chain. They were en route from 
Minneapolis to Sioux Falls, S. D., 
Phillips and Burton having arrived 
the day prior by plane. T. X. Jones, 
h.o. accounting executive, leaving 
New York the same day, went by 
train instead to make a study of. the 
accounting situation in Minneapolis. 
Recent ill health prevented him from 
flying. 

Coming to Par about six years ago, 
Phillips formerly was with the Irv- 
ing Trust Co. He was importantly 
concerned in the United Cigar Stores 
receivership on real estute and for a 
time was aJso with the A. M. Byers 
Pine Co. in an executive capacity. 
Trustees of Par during the receiver- 
ship, brou-ht him into the company 
to act as liaison officer for them 
with Par. 

Phillips, a major In the balloon 
corps during the war, had flown 
thousands of miles abroad and in this 
country. He taught Charles A. Lind- 
bergh, among others. On virtually 
all his traveling for ..Par, he used 
planes, even in bad weather. Phillips 
came from Cape Girardeau, Mo., and 
in his youth- was on a professional 
bush leage baseball team. 

His father and riiother, Dr; and 
Mrs. Eldon Phillips, and a brother, 
Henry Phillips, among those surviv- 
ing him, live in Cape Girardeau. Mrs. 
Elizabeth M. Phillip."-, the widow, 
and a daughter, Barbara, live on 



20th-Fox's 9-Month Net IVolit Behind 
1939 at $3,15235; RCA Pars Last Yr. 



Warners Speeds Shorts 
For Year's End Washnp 

Hollywood, Nov. 7. 

Production of shorts at Warners 
is being speeded to finish its entire 
1039-40 program of 18 two-reelers 
and 68 single-spools by Jan 1. By 
that time Norman H. Moray, 'Vita- 
phone sales head, will be here for 
studio huddles. 

Burbank studio has only six more 
briefies to make. They are 'Alex 
In Wonderland,' The Great Vir- 
ginian,' 'Pony Express,' "The World's 
a. Stage,' Teddy Roosevelt and Hi.s 
Rough Riders' and an untitled 
western musical. 



Chrysler Strike 
A Worry to Pars 
Detroit Setup 



Leon Netter and Leonard Golden- 
son, Paramount theatre exeicutives, 
leave for Detroit the end of the week 
to confer with Earl Hudson and 
others in charge of United Detroit 
Theatres on current problems, prog- 
ress being made, etc. 

Intention of Paramount being to 
operate the ' Detroit string of houses 
itself, Hudson will continue in 
charge, together with the organiza- 
tion he has under him. Numeroiis 
interested parties, local and from 
other parts of the country, have ap- 
proached Par on a partnership. Hud- 
son, who's now in charge, was g.m. 
for George Trendle. who resigned 
late last summer to devote his entire 
time to radio interests. 

One of the problems affecting De- 
troit at the moment is the Chrysler 
strike, throwing thousands out of 
work. Any strike of proportion.*-, 
usually hits at the boxoffice in the 
auto town immediately, although at 
present activity in other manufactur- 
ing lines following war abroad, is 
cotjnteracting the difficulties brought 
about by the Chrysler lockout . 

'CrOldenson returned to N. Y. a 
week ago from a long tour of the 
south, including Atlanta, New Or- 
leans, Birmingham, Dallas and Beau- 
mont, Tex. • He was in Atlanta on 
the Lucas & Jenkins partner.<ihip re- 
newal which has not as yet been con- 
cluded. 



SPLIT BY A WHISKER 



Goldwyn and Sclwyn Row Over 
Brennan's Flowery Chlnpiece 



Hollywood, Nov. 7. 

To shave or not to shave; that was 
the question that wrecked a fiiendr 
ship of 25 years' standing between 
Samuel (roldwyn and Edgar Selwyn. 
The innocent cause of the feud, 
Walter Brennan, remains' unshorn 
and is raising a fine crop of spinach. 

Trouble began when Brennan 
started cultivating a beard for his 
role in Goldwyn's ''Vinegaroon.' The 
whiskers were sprouting luxuriantly 
when Selwyn issued a call for added 
scenes in his Metro production, 'Joe 
and Ethel Turp Call on the Presi- 
dent' Brennan. on a loanout deal, 
had played an important role in the 
Turp picture, without whi.skers. 

As one old friend to another Edgar 
suggested to Sam that Walter be sent 
to a barber shop and have the 
heather removed from his jowls. 
Sam replied that whiskers on the 
Brennan chin were an absolute 
necessity in ''Vincgaroon.' and that 
shaving, was Included out. 

'Let him wear a false beard,' said 
Edgar. 

'False whiskers in my million-dol- 
lar production?' Goldwyn roared. 

So a fine bid friendship, dating 
back to 1914 when Sani and Eduar 
first organized Goldwyn Film Pro- 
ductions, was wrecked, f 



Staten Island, wher» Phillips made 
his home. 

Prior to Phillips joining Par, the 
head of that company's realty de- 
partment, Ted Young, was siLso 
killed when he backed his car off on 
unprotected dock on Long Island 
and drowned. 



Net profits of 20lh-Fox for the 
first 39 weeks of the present year' 
were more than $1,469,000 behind 
the net profit of the first three quar- 
ters last year. Statement of the 
company, issued last week, showed 
net operating profit as $3,152,595, 
after all charges including Federal 
income taxes, against profit of 
$4,622,091 for the first 39 weeks of 

1938. Any noticeable dip in foreign 
revenue did not show up markedly 
in the third quarter report for the 
three months ending Sept. 30. On 
the contrary, the decline as com- 
pared with the third quarter last 
year indicated an uptrend in dom- 
estic business. 

Third quarter this year showed 
$827,069 consolidated net operating 
profit as against $1,202,433 in the 
third quarter last year or a decline 
of more than $375,000. This meant 
that the first two quarters this year 
for 20th-Fox represented a decrease' 
of nearly $1,100,000 or about $550,- 
000 per quarter. 

After allowances for preferred 
dividends for the first 39 weeks, the 
company showed a profit equivalent 
to $1.20 per share on 1,741,989 com- 
mon shares outstanding, as of Sept 
30. No dividends were received from 
National Theatres Corp., in which 
20th-Fox holds a substantial inter- 
est, during the first three quarters. 

The statement of 20th-Fox re- 
vealed $40,145,132 as gross income 
from sales and rentals of films and 
accessories. Company set a.^ide 
$23,334,076 for amortization of pro- 
duction costs. Operating expen.<:es of. 
exchanges, head office and admin- 
istration expenses and other expense 
items were figured at $10,521,549. 

Roxy Theatre, Inc., directors de- 
clared a quarterly dividend of 37'.4c 
per share on outstanding preferred 
stock. Divvy is payable Dec. 1 to 
stock on record, Nov. 17. 

RCA Same as 1938 

Radio Corp. of America net profit 
for first nine months this year ii 
runing neck-and-neck with that re- 
ported for the same period last year. 
Net profit reported last week was 
$4,066,425 as compared with $4,141,- 
205 in the first three quarters of 
1938. 

This slight dip of around $74,000 
was revealed for the first nine 
months despite $74,368,668 gross in- 
come from operations or more than 
$4,000,000 greater than in the lame 
period of 1938. Cost of goods sold, 
general operation, development sell- 
ing and administrative expense* 
made up this difference. . 

Company saved about $100,000 In 
interest charges, reduced the depre- 
ciation ouUay by practically the 
same amount and showed about 
$90,000 lexs outlay for federal In- 
come taxes. 

The net profit, after paying $2,419,- 
914 in preferred dividends, wai 
equivalent to nearly 12c per com- 
mon share. 

RCA showed a brisk pickup In 
revenue for the third quarter, net 
being $1,894,224 as against $1.616.. 
449 in the same quarter of 1938. 
This net betterment in excess of 
$278,000 for the third quarter was 
accomplished through Improved in- 
come from operations, plus savings 
in interest charges, depreciation and 
lesser outlay for cost of operations, 
etc. 

K-A-O and KelUi ProfiU 

Decrease of more than $100,000 in 
net profit for the first 39 weeks of 

1939, as compared to a similar period 
last year, is revealed in financial re- 
port issued today (Wednesday) for 
Keith-Albec-Orpheum and subsidiary 
companies. Profit up to the end of 
Sept, 1938, was $596,049, while this 
year's figure is $476,540. This 
amounted to $9.26 last year on the 
approximately 64,000 shares out- 
standing and $7.41 this year. 

Drop of more than $200,000 if reg- 
istered in the report of the B. P. 
Keith and subsid companies for the 
39-week period. Its net is $156,571 
against $368,281 In 1938. 



Jolson's Freedley 

Musical Palaver 



Al Jolson is visiting New York for 
a planned limited stay, but is con- 
sidering several proposals that mny 
keep- Jhim east during the .veason. 
Understood that Vinton Freedley 
plans a musical starring the former 
stage favorite. 

Jolson is also dickering « radio 
ofter which would not necessarily y 
keep him in Nfiw York. 



Wednesday, November 8, 1939 



PICTURE GROSSES 



VARIETY T 



Durbm s Tirst Love Tees Off Chi s 
Palace Duals to Good $13,000; Cooper 
Fine ISa Cantor Ups^CaHoWowSZG 



Chicago, Nov. 7: 
• Eddie Cantor on the stage of the 
B Sc K. Chicago sweeps aside all 
competition currently and swings 
that ■ boxoflice into a. mighty coin 
numeral. Lines mobbing the wickets 
necessitate an increased show pace 
to Ave performances weekdays and 
six on Saturday and Sunday. 

RKO Palace, for the first time In 
history, is operating on a straight 
picture policy and double features 
at that. Currently twinning 'First 
Love' with 'Full Confession," strength 
of Dcanna Djurbin looks for a bright 
Gcssioh. With the cost of show, mu- 
sicians and stage hands eliminated, 
the house figures for good profit on 
its indicated gross. 

Apollo • is first-running currently 
with 'On Your Toes,' while Garrick 
takes the disappointing 'Roaring 
Twenties' for a holdover try from 
the Chicago. United Artists flRuves 
for a good opener with 'Real Glory' 
following an excellent run of 'Babes 
In Aims.' 

Estimates for This Week 

Apollo (BiK) (1,200: 35-55-65-75) 
—'On Your Toes' (WB). Bright 
mark in the offing at $6,000 for this 
flrst-run try. Last week 'Hollywood 
Cavalcade' (20th) snagged mild 
$4,100 for second lop session. 

Chie3|C<t' (B&K) (4,000; 35-55-75)— 
•Cat Canary' (Par) and stage show. 
Eddie Cantor on stage real attrac- 
tion, topping everything else in 
town, zowie coin at $52,000. Last 
week 'Roaring Twenties' (WB) 
faded after good start to wind up at 
$30,000. 

Garrick (B&K) (900; 35-55-65)— 
"Twenties' (WB). In here from the 
Chicago and not too much is indi- 
'catcd at so-so $4,000. Last week 
double of 'Germany Surrendered' 
(Rule) and 'Co-Ed' (M-G) snappy 
$5,600. 

Oriental (Jones) (3,200; 25-40)— 
•Sherlock' (20th) and 'Bright Boys' 
(U) and vaude. House is going 
along neatly enough and currently 
looks for $13,000, fair take. Last 
week Tomrhorrow Gomes' (U) and 
'Under Pup' (U) doubled in a satis- 
factory $14,300. 

Palace (RKO) (2,500; 35-55-65-75) 
—'First Love' (U) and 'Full Con- 
fession' (RKO). Double features are 
slowly but surely creeping into all 
available places as this former strong- 
hold of vaudfllm goes to straight 
pictures. Business looks good for 
initial stanza at $13,000. which means 
profits by a neat margin. Last week 
vaude finaled to $11,300 with 'Fifth 
Ave. Girl' (RKO) on screen for hold- 
over week. 

Roosevelt (B&K) (1,500; 35-55-65- 
75)— 'Thunder Afloat* (M-G). Ma- 
rine flicker in second week and go- 
ing to all right $7,000 currently after 
snagging happy enough $12,100 last 
week. 

SUte-Lake (B&K) (2,700; 25-40)— 
•Glamour Girls' (M-G) and vaude. 
OiT from last session and going to 
$13,000. mild. Last week A. B. Mar- 
cus unit on stage boomed take with 
'Isle of Lost Men' (Par) to brilliant 
$16,200. 

United Artists (B&K-UA) (1.700; 
35-55-65-75)— 'Glory' (UA). Opened 
on Saturday (4) and started away 
from gate in snappy style, with Gary 
Cooper fans strong around this town. 
Going for fine $15,000 for the initial 
week at present indications. Last 
week 'Babes in Arms' (M-G) com- 
pleted a splendid three-week en- 
gagement to . $9,000, a mark which 
would ordinarily be the cue for ad- 
ditional running time, but house is 
lammed uo with a flock of pictures 
awaiting their turn on the screen. 

NAGS NO PAIN TO PROY- 
DURBW SWEET $8,000 

Providence, Nov. 7. 
Reopening of Narragansett race- 
track is making little difference to 
houses with meatier bills. Nearly 
|H are more than holding own. 
Standouts are 'First Love,' at RKO 
Albee, and 'Roaring Twenties.' at 
Majestic. Latter house returning to 
Friday openings with next week's 
bill (10). 

'Babes in . Arms' shifted from 
Loew's to Carlton for third down- 
town week and heading for banner 
$5,000. 

EsUmates tor This Week 
Albeo (RKO) (2.300: 2' -35-50)— 
Fjrst Love' (U) and 'Girl and Gam- 
bler* (RKO). Adolescents and 
grownups alike attract< " by Dcanna 
Durbin for promising $8,000. Last 
week, 'AU Quiet* ;U) (revival) and 
^ay^ Down South' (RKO), good 

Carlton (Fay-Loew) (1.400; 25-35- 
50>— 'Babes Arms' (M-G) and 
Rookie Cop* (RKO) (3d downtown 
wk). Still a draw with peppy $5,000. 
Last week, 'Submarine D-l' (WB) 



(reissue) and 'Money Ring* (WB) 
(2d wk), mild $2,500. 

Fay's (Indie) ,(2.000; 25-35-40)— 
'Wolf Call' (Mono) and vaude. Hold- 
ing up to good $6,200. Last week, 
'City Darknt^ss' (20th) and vaude, 
fairish $5,500. 

MajesUe (Fay) (2,200; 25-35-50)— 
'Roaring Twenties' (WB) and 'Ha- 
waiian Nights' (U). Pacing for 
healthy $9,000 in eight-day run. Last 
week, '20,000 Men' (20th) and 'Pride 
Blue Grass' (WB), slow $5,000. 

State (Loew) (3,200; 25-3^-50)— 
'Real Glory' (UA) -nd 'Everything's 
Ice' (RKO). Maintaining compara- 
tively slow pace for average $11,000. 
Last week, 'Babes Arms' (M-G) and 
'Rookie Cod' (RKO) (2d wk), bell- 
ringing $12,700. 

Strand (Indie) (2,000; 25-35-50)— 
'U-Boat 29' (Col) and 'liiddc .Power* 
(Col). Slated for so-so $6,000.. Last 
week, 'Disputed Passage' (Par) and 
■Coast Guard" (Col), hefty $9,800. 



PITT LOOKS UP; 
'ALLEGHENV 
GOOD 16^26 



Pittsburgh, Nov. 7. 
Biz generally pushing forward 
here this week and indications all 
point to maintenance of the upward 
trend for the balance of the year, 
based on industry indices throughout 
the district. One surefire forecast is 
usually the conditions in nabe spots, 
and they started to improve fort- 
night ago and now gains are 
being extended to the downtown 
sites. 

Penn"9 leading the rise with 'Al- 
legheny Uprising' and is figured to 
hold up after big world premiere 
ballyhoo. Second weeks of. 'Mr. 
Smith Goes to Washington' and 
'Babes in Arms,' at Alvin and War- 
ner, respectively, both big coin-get- 
ters, and Fulton's likewise looking 
up with its widely-billed English 
horror twinner of 'Demon Barber of 
Fleet Street' and 'Return of Frog.' 
Stanley, reverting to straight pix 
again for a short time, has an odds- 
on favorite for satisfactory coin in 
Marx Bros. 'At the Circus.* Only 
the Senator, of all the first-runs, is 
slipping. Nothing in the cards there 
for "Quick Millions* and 'The Escape.* 
Estimates for This Week 

Alvin (Harris) (1,850; 25-35-50)— 
'Mr. Smith* (Col) (2d wk). Still 
packing *em in. Geared to get better 
than $1,500 in h.o. session, which is 
great and not much below house 
record for an extra, stanza. Could 
stay here indefinitely, but house is 
contracted to open 'Drums Along 
Mohawk' (20th) Thursday (9). so 
'Smith' will move to Senator to con- 
tinue downtown run. Should get at 
least a fortnight there, too. Last 
week Capra hit clocked around $14,- 
700, big. 

Fulton (Shea-Hyde) (l.'JOO; 25-40) 
—'Return ot Frog' (Select) and 
•Demon Barber* (Select). Couple of 
English pix are being smartly ex- 
ploited as 'Europe's double-bill hor- 
ror ot horrors' and the natives are 
going in for a laugh and peek. 
Should push Fulton up to better than 
S4,000, whicli is considerably more 
than this spot has been doing of 
late. Last week, '20,000 Men' (20th) 
was a wash-out, doing only around 
$2,700, despite heavy exploitation in 
Hearst paper. _ 

Penn (Loew's-UA) (3,300; 25-35- 
.■iO )— 'Allegheny Uprising' (RKO). 
World premiere here Friday night 
(3) with p,a. of Claire Trevor, one of 
stars, got this one off to fast start. 
Local angle and interest cooked up 
hereabouts for opening should hold 
it to at least $16,500. Last week 
'Roaring Twenties' (WB) pretty 
much of a disappointment, doing 
only around $11,700 in seven and a 
half days. „, 

Senator (Harris) (1,750; 25-40)— 
'Escaije" (20th) and 'Quick Millions' 
(20th). Not much chance for these 
in the' downtown section. Maybe 
$1,700, which is red. Last week 'Tor- 
pedoed" (FA) and 'Mutiny Big 
House" (Mono), not much better at 
$1,900. 

Stanley (WB) (3,600; 25-35-50)— 
'At Circus" (M-G). House back to 
straight pix for two weeks, and this 
is first ot-them. Good laugh attrac- 
tion is doing all right for itself and 
Marxes should pull house alongside 
a neat profit with $14,500. Last week 
'Have Music' (UA) and Glenn Miller 
with latter credited for .lost of good 
$23,000. 

Warner (WB) (2,000; 25-35-50)— 
'Babes Arms' (MG) (2d wk). Second 



First Rons wi Broadway 

(.Subject to Change) 

Week ot Nov. 9 
Aslor — 'Goodbye, Mr. Chips* 

(M-G) (26th wk.). 
Capitol — 'Dancing Co-Ed' 

(M-G). 

(Reviewed in Varisty, 5e7>t. 27) 
Criterion — 'Main Street Law- 
yer* (Rep) (8). 

(Reviewed in Current Issue) 
Globe— 'Road to Glory* (20th) 
(reissue). 

Music Hall — 'Ninotchka* 
(M-G). 

(Reviewed in VAniEir, Oct. 11) 

Palace- 'Allegheny. Uprising'- 
(RKO) (8). 

(Revietved in Current Issue) 

Paramount — 'Rulers of the 
Sea' (Par) (8). 

(Reviewed in Variety, Sept. 20) 

Rlalto — 'Call a Messenger' 
(U) (10). 

Rivoli- 'First Love* (U) (8). 
(Reviewed t7i Current Issue) 

Roxy — 'Drums Along the Mo- 
hawk' (20th) (2d wk.). 

Strand — 'Roaring Twenties' 

(WB) (10). 

(Reviewed in Variety, Oct. 25) 
Week ot Nov. 16 

Astor — 'Goodbye, Mr. Chips' 
(M-G) (27th wk:). 

Capitol — 'Dancing Co-Ed* 
(M-G) (2d wk.). 

Criterion — 'Sabotage* (Rep) 
(15). 

Music Hall- 'Ninotchka* 
(M-G) (2d wk.). 

Palace— 'That's Right, You're 
Wrong' (RKO). 
Paramount — 'Rulers of the 
■ Sea' (Par) (2d wk;). 

Klvoli— 'First Love' (U) (2d 
wk.). 

Roxy— 'Drums Along the Mo- 
hawk' (20th) (3d wk.). 

Strand — 'Roaring Twenties* 
(WB) (2d wk.). 



week here, but third downtown, mu- 
sical hit having previously played the 
Penn. It was supposed to nave come 
out Saturday (4) for h.o. of 'Roaring 
Twenties* from Penn, but latter 
slipped badly and 'Babes* held fast 
so it was retained. Shooting for $6,- 
000 this session, which is great on 
top of $9,500 last week. 

TIRST LOVE' HOT 
IN WASH, 

$12,500 



Washington, Nov. 7. 

Nice combo of 'Roaring Twenties* 
and Jack Haley-Mary Carlisle-Jack 
Teagarden orch revua Is putting 
Earle away out in front this week. 
It is best example of something-for- 
everyone bill booked here in months. 

'Cat and Canary' and vaude are in 
second place at Capitol, as far as 
gross goes, but 'First Love,* at Keith's, 
win show the second best profit Big 
disappointnvcnt is 'Hollywood Caval- 
cade, at Palace, for which critics 
went overboard. 'Mr; Smith,' which 
is riding on local interest plus ru- 
mors it may be yanked by Coast to 
pacify lawmakers, was shoved into 
Met Friday (3), after two beautiful 
stanzas at Earle, and looks good for 
indefinite stay. 

Estimates tor This Week 

Capitol (Loew) (3,434; 25-35-40-66) 
— 'Cat Canary' (Par) and vaude. 
Thriller's rep • plus word-of-mouth 
battling so-so reviews, but Jackie 
Heller revue unable to buck Cagney- 
Haley-Carlisle-Teagarden opposition. 
Maybe $14,000, light. Last week, 
'Fast Furious' (M-G) can thank Ed- 
die Cantor unit for sock $28,000. 

Columbia (Loew) (1.234; 25-40)— 
'Rains Came' (20th) (2d run). Back 
after two good stanzas at Palace, and 
will sec solid $5,000. Last week. 
'Iron Mask' (UA) (2d run), okay 
$4,500. 

Earle fWB) (2,216: 25-35-40-66)— 
'Roaring Twenties' (WB) and vaude. 
Sock reviews and Haley-Carlisle- 
Teagarden unit pushing it to- swell 
$19,000. Last week, 'Mr. Smith' (Col) 
and vaude (2d wk), big $17,000. aver- 
age first-week figures. 

Keith's (RKO) (1.930; 35-55)— 'First 
Love' (U). Strong notices and nice 
word-of-mouth will net big $12,500. 
Last week, 'Road Back" (U) (reissue), 
wallowed six days at pathetic $3,000. 

Met (WB) (1,600; 25-40) — 'Mr. 
Smith' (Col) (2d run). Tossed in 
cold day after finishing two swell 
weeks at Earle. Local angles and 
controversy helping it to hefty $8,000. 
Last week, 'U-Boat 29' (Col), slipped 
to still solid $5,200. 

Palace (Loew) (2.242; 35-55)— 
'Hollywood Cavalcade' (20th). Critics 
went overboard, biit opposition hold- 
ing it to $10,000, brutal for ace main- 
stemcr. Last week, 'Beau Gesle' 
(Par), disappointing $12,000. 



B way Full of Holdovers but Biz 
Good; 'Smith' 3d $90,000, 'Babes' 
On 3d, 24G, Disputed -2 Powells 39G 



Although the sum total of Broad- 
way grosses is not so much, due to a 
number of holdovers, business is 
steady and wholly satisfactory profits 
will be shown in the majority of the 
first runs, plus the vaudfllm. State, 
which is doing above average. 

An all-day rainstorm Sunday (5) 
did not hurt so much on the mati- 
nee, but knocked the pins from un- 
der the night trade, some houses 
doing almost as much as 33% less 
than they did on Saturday. That 
day (4) was unusually good, with big 
football crowds in town. Election 
day, yesterday .(Tucs.), looked to end 
very big. Morning and mat crowds 
were unusually heavy. 

Aside from secondary first-runs, 
the only new picture this week is 
'Drums Along the Mohawk,' at the 
Roxy, where it teed oft with a punch 
and, though held down by Sunday's, 
weather, should hit $55,000 or better. 
It holds over. AU other houses bring 
in new ones, excepting, of course, the 
Astor, which is now on its 26th week 
with 'Chips.' 

Paramount today (Wed.) brings in 
'Rulers of the Sea,' together with 
Martha Raye and Bob Zurke in per- 
son. House has had two fine weeks 
with 'Disputed Passage' and, on stage, 
Dick Powell, Ted "Powell band, oth- 
ers, second week being $39,000, the 
first $48,000. 

Capitol winds up three nice,, 
though not smash weeks with 'Babes 
in Arms' tonight (WedT). Well in 
the profit column, the Hooney-Gar- 
land musical will end at around $24,- 
000 oh the final (3d) semester. The 
second week was $32,000 and the 
first over $40,000. 

'Mr. Smith' goes off its N. Y. first 
run tonight (Wed.) when it exits 
from the Music Hall with a possible 
$90,000 under its belt for the third 
week. The second was very strong 
at $94,000. For a time the Hall was 
considering a fourth week, but over 
the weekend decided to go in with 
'Ninotchka' tomorrow, (Thurs.). 
'Smith' failed to hit the control fig- 
ure for a h.o. 

New show, 'Roaring Twenties,* and 
the Bob Crosby band, is due at the 
Strand Friday (10) after three weeks 
of Hal Kemp and two pictures, 'On 
Your Toes* (1 week) and 'Dress Pa- 
rade' (2 weeks). 'Parade* and Kemp 
will wind up at $20,000 or there- 
abouts, mild. 

On the fourth week getting close 
to $12,0<>0, okay, 'Jamaica Inn' de- 
parted the Rivoli last night (Tues.), 
with 'First Love,' Durbin picture, 
opening this morning (Wed.). The 
other Laughton starrer the Riv has 
booked, 'London After Dark,* prob- 
ably will not be dated here for six 
months or so. John Wright, man- 
aging director of house, believes it 
wise to space them that far apart 

A revival, 'Whipsaw,* wound up 
its week last night (Tucs.) at the 
Criterion, doing well at $8,500. 'Be- 
ware Spooks* not so hot at the Globe, 
$5,000. and 'One Hour to Live,' Rial- 
to incumbent, also lukewarm, $6,000, 

Starting tonight (Wed.) the Pal- 
ace goes single bill as a first run, 
with 'Allegheny Uprising* the ini- 
tial picture under the new. policy. 
It was given a special opening last 
night (Tues.). House had been in 
duals for many years, but frequently 
has booked a first-run as the No. 2 
feature. Tightness ot product and a 
backlog of RKO's own pictures is 
responsible for the switch to first 
runs. This places the Rialto in a 
different light since that house has 
been getting RKO and Universal pic- 
tures not taken by the Music Hall 
(with an RKO selective contract) 
and the Riv (with a similar U deal). 
Estimates tor This Week 

Astor (1,012 25-40-55-65) — 'Chips' 
(M-G) (26th week). Getting a little 
tired after a long journey, but still 
bringing some profit under low over- 
head prevailing last week (25th), 
ending Monday ni^ht (6) was $5,800. 

Capitol (4.520; 25-35-55-85-$1.25)— 
'Babes' (M-G) (3d-final week). 
Healthy finale at around $24,000. The 
second week was $32,00 and the first 
$40,000, under what the picture was 
expected to do in view of out-of- 
town showings, but plenty of profit 
'Dancing Co-Ed' (M-G) opens to- 
morrow (Thurs.). 

Criterion (1.662 : 25-40-55)— 'Whip- 
saw' (M-G) (revival). Tracy-Loy 
names shot this 1935 release into good 
ground, around $8,500. Last week 
'Calling All Marines' (Rep), under 
$5,000, poor. 'Main St Lawyer'- (Rep) 
opens today (Wed.). 

Globe (1,700: 25-35-55) — 'Beware 
Spooks' (Col). Joe E. Brown comedy 
not geting anywhere fast only about 
$3,000. Last week 'Rio' (U) and $7,- 
000. fair. 

Palace (1,700: 25-35-55)— 'Allegheny 
Uprising' (RKO). Given a special 
opening here last night (Tues.) on 
conversion ot house to single bills 
first run. Outgoinc dual of 'Holly- 
wood Cavalcade' (20lh) (2d run) and 
'Escape' (20th) (1st run), got $8,000. 
okay. In ahead of that, 'Destiny* 



(WB) (2d run) and 'Pack Up Troub- 
les' (20th) (1st run). $7,200. 

Paramount (3,664 25-35-56-88-99)— 
'Rulers of Sea' (Par) and Martha 
Baye, plus Bob Zurke band, others, 
is the new show opening here today 
(Wed,). Two highly profitable weeks 
of 'Disputed Passage* (Par) and Dick 
Powell-Ted Powell combination re- 
sulted from a first week of $48,0()0 
and second of $39,000. This drop 
proportionately less than for most 
holdovers. 

Radio City Music Hall (5,980; 40- 
80-84-99-$1.65) — 'Mr. Smith* (Col) 
and stage show (3d-flnal week). At 
chance for $90,000 close to a pace 
that would have meant a holdover, 
control figure not being missed by 
much. Last Week was very strong at 
$94,000 on top of a first session ot 
$105,000. 'Ninotchka" (M-G) opens 
tomorrow (Thurs.). 

Rialto (750; 25-40-55)— 'One Hour 
to Live' (U), Not setting anything 
on fire, around $6,000. Last week 
'Legion Lost Flyers' (U), $6,500. 

Rivoli (2,092; 25-55-75-85-99) — 
'First Love'. (U). Preems here to- 
day (Wed.) after four very satisfac- 
tory weeks with 'Jamaica Inn' (Par). 
While, no sensation, Laughton pic- 
ture has done well, getting $39,000 
(1st wk.). $26,000 (2d), $18,000 (3d) 
and $12,000 (4th). 

Roxy (5,836; 25-40-55-75)— "Drums* 
(20th) and stage show. Fine no- 
tices and Colbert-Fonda names, plus 
importance of novel, is pushing this 
one into highly remunerative 
ground, $55,000 or better appearing 
in prospect Holds over. Last week, 
'20,000 Men' (20th), under $25,000, 
poor. 

State (3,459; 35-55-75) — 'Real 
Glory' (UA) (2d run) and Edmund 
Lowe on vaude layout. Draught 
good, maybe $25,000. Last wedc, 
'Bali' (Par) (2d run) and Noble 
Sissle, Harriet Hoctor, Stroud Twins, 
around $18,000, cooL 

Strand (2.767; 25-50-55-75-85-99)— 
'Dress Parade' (WB) (2d-final week) 
and Hal Kemp (3d-flnal week). The 
going is rather slow and probably not 
more than $20,000. Last week, first 
for 'Parade,' and second for Kemp, 
$28,000, fairish. 'Roaring Twenties' 
(WB) and Bob Crosby come in Fri- 
day (101. 



mCUS' BULLISH 
71/26 IN LmE 



Louisville, Nov. 7. 
Nice lineup ot film product is get- 
ting okay returns. Marx Bros.* 
'Circus' at Loew's State is the pace- 
setter in a generally healthy b.o. 
situation. H.o.'s likewise are dis- 
playing sustained strength, with 
'Babes in Arms,* at Brown, holding 
up. well In third downtown week, 
'Roaring Twenties,' on h.o. at Mazy 
Anderson, is keeping the turnstiles 
clicking. 

Pro football has folded for the 
season, financial difficulties making 
the venture a flop. College games 
locally also through and only re- 
maining outdoor events are the 
highschool games, which don't affect 
the film houses adversely. 

EsUmstes for This Week 

Brown (Loew*s-Fourth Avenue) 
(1.000; 15-30-40) — 'Babes Arms' 
(M-G) and 'Scandal Sheet' (Col) (2d 
wk). Second week here and third 
downtown week for this pair. Hold- 
ing up to good $2,500. Last week, 
on moveover from Loew's State, fine 
$3,800. 

Kentucky (Switow) (900; 15-25)— 
•Star Maker' fPar) and 'Champ' 
(M-G) (reissue). Will take around 
S1.500, fair. Last week, 'Livingstone* 
(20th) and 'Scandal Sheet' (Col), 
all right $1,600. 

Loew's SUte (Loew's) (3,100; 15- 
30-40)— 'At Circus* (M-G) and 'Bad 
Angel* (IW-G). Marx Bros, film is 
highlightinc! the town and aiming for 
bullish $7,500. Last week, 'Mr, 
Smith* (Col) and 'Grey Walls' (Col), 
in the bumper brackets at big $8,000. 

Mary Anderson (Libson) (1.000: 
15-30-40)— 'Roaring Twenties' (WB) 
(2d wk). H.o. stanza shaoing up for 
nice returns, orobably $3,500. Last 
week, fine $5,000. 

Rialto (Fourth Avenue) (3,000; 15- 
30-40)— 'Jamaica Inn' (Par) and 
'Little Accident' (U). So-so $6,000. 
Last week, 'Nurse Cavell' (RKO) 
and 'Bookies Wcpl' (RKO), pulled 
after six days to make way for 
Thursday opening, tabbed mild 
$4,000. 

Strand (Fourth Avenue) (1,400; 
15-30-40)— '20,000 Men' aoth) and 
'Heaven Fence' (20th). Not in the 
hefty class, but probably $3,000, fair. 
Last week, 'Rio* (U) fed 'Bright 
Boys' (U), fair $3,200. 



VARIETY 



EXPLOITATION 



Wednesday, November 8, 1939 



FILM SHOWMANSHIP 



Uprising' Preem In 
Pittsburgh Draws 
Press and Radio Help 



Pittsburgh, Nov. 7. 

'Allegheny Uprising' preem at 
Penn theatre Friday (3) was han- 
dled by Lou Allemann, Carl Wing- 
rod and Charles Levy from 
RKO; Joe Fcldman and Jim Tot- 
maji, of WB, and Charles KurU- 
nian, of Loew's Pehn, who sold it 
like big stiift and collected heavy 
newspaper space. 

As a matter of fact, considering 
the budget, results were remark- 
able. Doubtful if whole affair cost 
RKO, WB and Loew's combined 
' more than $7,500, and they couldn't 
buy the space they grabbed, even 
locally, for five times that amount. 
Premiere itself was sponsored by 
Allegheny Centennial Committee of 
100, which took over the house and 
peddled ducats at $2.50, giving the 
Penn theatre, v.-here opening was 
held, $3,400 for the night on basis 
of $1 for each seat. House wasn't 
completely sold out for the pre- 
miere, price tag being figured too 
high, and at last minute Centennial 
committee decided to let few back 
rows, in balcony go at a buck. 
. Promised invasion of flock of RKO 
studio people didn't develop and 
only Claire Trevor, who is featured 
in the picture, put in an appearance. 
She was a big hit here for three 
days and made friends. She gave 
out a mass radio interview, led a 
pioneer parade, participated in dedi- 
cation of KDKA's new transmitter, 
held a tea at a department store for 
200 clubwomen, met the newspaper 
gang at a cocktail party and guest- 
of-honored after the premiere at a 
supper and ball sponsored by the 
Centennial Committee at the Wil- 
liam Penn. At latter affair, Edward 
Everett Horton, who was appearing 
at Nixon theatre in 'Springtime for 
Henry,' and Marjorie Lord, put in 
appearances. 

One newspaperman at speaker's 
table. He was Kaspar Monahan, 
critic of the Press, who suggested 
early last summer that 'Allegheny* 
preem should be given to Pittsburgh. 
Neil Swanson, former local news- 
paperman who wrote 'First Rebel,' 
from which picture was adapted, 
came on from Baltimore as RKO's 
guest for the opening. 

Pittsburgh dailies threw their 
pages open to Miss Trevor and 'Up- 
rising' for the whole week and 
preem got all the breaks. 



By John C. Flinn 



These Colonial pioneers certainly had a' tough time 
of it, considering the hardships of farming new soil 
and the constant threat of having one's scalp lifted by 
unfriendly redskins. The early settlers seldom per- 
mitted themselves out of reach of their hoes or their 
guns. If they neglected the first, they starved; If they 
misplaced their flint-lock, they were likely to be mas- 
sacred. 

By one of those strange coincidences which happen 
frequently in show business, two feature films of Revo- 
lutionary War period are being released simultaneously 
to first runs by competing companies. Darryl Zahuck 
is offering 'Drums Along the Mohawk,' a more than 
average effort involving the services of John Ford as 
director and the radiancy of technicolor photography. 
It also is Importantly cast, with Claudette Colbert and 
Henry Fonda as co-stars. From RKO comes 'Allegheny 
Uprising,' based on Neil Swanson's novel, 'The First 
Rebel,' with Claire Trevor and John Wayne in the top 
spots. William Seiter directed. 

Although 'Uprising' is less pretentious on the pro- 
duction side than 'Drums,' it starts its theatre bookings 
with benefit of a large portidn of the book-reading 
public acquainted with its characters, llhat is, if ex- 
hibitors succeed In telling them that the book, 'The 
First Rebel,' is now the film titled 'Allegheny Upris- 
ing.' ' Why RKO tossed away the ready-made value of 
a known title for the uncertainties of a new one is 
ust one of those things that happen around film 
studios.' 

Drums,' therefore, gets the. edge in showmanship at 
the outset, because the novel by Walter D. Edmonds 
was close to the top of best selling lists for many 
months, and 20th-Fox is capitalizing heavily on its 
popularity. ' 

Both companies launched the films with special 
premieres. RKO took 'Uprising' to Pittsburgh, and in 
the proximity of the Pennsylvania hills where the 
action of the story is laid, the film was shown to the 
accompaniment of much fanfare, street parading, lobby 
broadcasting and aerial display of arclights. Miss 
Trevor was guest of the historical society and the 
newspapers cooperated with news and art layouts. 
Radio station KDKA gave a special broadcast of which 
Miss Trevor was guest. Full battery of exploitation 
machinery was turned on to spur 'Uprising* on its way. 

Drums' also made Its bow to the public with the 
backing of radio exploitation, and personal appear- 
ances of Hollywood film stars in theatres along the 
Mohawk trail. The aerial hookup was a tiein with 
Kate Smith and Ted CoUins, who made the trip from 
New York to, Hollywood to include in their broadcast 
announcements of the film's Hollywood premiere and a 



TUTORING SHOW BIZ 
MGMT. AT SYRACUSE U. 



Syracuse, Nov. 7. 
Film house management has gone 
collegiate in a public course being 
offered by Syracuse University 
under direction of Prof. Sawyer 
Falk, director of dramatics. Course 
includes lectures on theatre opera' 
tlon, sound, projection and booking. 

First lecture last week had Arthur 
Schmidt, of Loew's publicity eX' 
ploitation staff as speaker. Bob 
Case, former local house manager, 
chairmaned. 



Information' Fibn Quiz 
Plugged by ATr Tiem 



Dallas, Nov. 7, 
Walter . Henshel and Forrest 
Thompson put on a special campaign 
for 'Information Please* (RKO) 
short, that upped grosses markedly 
with the following line-up: 

Special service on the screen sell 
Ing the short one week in advance 
with regular feature . trailer; Ex 
change banner mounted on easel set' 
piece in lobby and used week in ad- 
vance; also, used at front of theatre 
currently. Special setpiece tieing in 
station KGKO and Canada Dry used 
In inner lobby currently; special one- 
column three-inch newspaper ads in 
afternoon papers day before open 
Ing, and In morning currently, and 
plugs in combination ads; advance 
column and art in Dallas News day 
prior to opening, and advance story 
In Dallas Dispatch-Journal and 
Uncle Jake's Sports News on open 
Ing day. 

Advance and current plugs were 
used over KGKO which carried the 
program regularly and a setpiece at 



brief sketch of film dialog spoken by Fonda end Miss 
Colbert. While all this was taking place on the west 
coast, four of the Zanuck women players were being 
shuffled, behind police escorts, between the upstate 
towns of Albany, Schenectady and Troy. It was hard 
work for the girls, as the crowds of curious were 
everywhere, but the opening receipts *n all the towns 
they visited were high and justified the inconveniences 
of attempting personal appearances in half a dozen 
places on a single day. 

AWAT FBOM B'WAT ADD H'WOOD 

Handling of the first showings of 'Drums' and 'Up- 
rising' best illustrates the radical change which has 
taken place within the past year in film showmanship. 
For many years, the idea of launching a film, repre- 
senting large financial investment, from any spot ex- 
cept Broadway (and later, Hollywood) was regarded 
as hazardous. 

Starting with the 'Dodge City' sendoff in the western 
Kansas town of similar name, the exploitation staffs of 
the film companies have continued successfully the stunt 
of preeming their important pictures in some city as^ 
sociated with, the story locale or some other angle Of 
geographical interest The 'Dodge City' excursion, 
handled by Warners, assumed aspects of a newspaper 
convention, as the boys and girls who write pieces 
about films took time off to make the trip by special 
train. 

Thereafter, the opening of DeMille's 'Union Paciflc' 
was made the excuse for a big celebration in Omaha, 
with thousands of citizens participating in recreating 
a pioneer atmosphere. There was dancing on the 
streets and a widespread spirit of Mardi Gras. 

Nearly all the film companies since last spring have 
tossed one or more 'away from Broadway' premieres. 
Capra lately took 'Mr. Smith' to Washington, Universal, 
had the newspaper writers on self-audited expense 
accounts on a trip to Wilkes-Barre and Manhattan. 
'Young Mr. Lincoln' preemed in Springfield, 111. 

Now it is Metro's turn, and preparations are being 
made for the opening of 'Gone With the Wind,* which 
will take place next month in Atlanta, Ga. How far 
the invitation list will be extended to newspaper end 
special writers, and how elaborate the local ceremonies, 
will be reve&led in due time by Metro's publicity de- 
partment The ballyhoo buildiip is aimed to make 
Atlantans forget once and forever that Sherman ever 
marched to the sea. 

The out-of-town premieres unquestionably have 
stimulated public interest in films during recent 
months. They have dramatized the film biz in the 
inland cities and towns where the mass of customers 
reside. 



TOM READ ORGANIZES 
ATLANTA'S SPINSTERS 



Surprise, Surprise 



Atlanta, Nov. 7. 
Tom Read, mgr. of Lucas & Jen- 
kins' ace 4,000-seat . Fox theatre, 
fathered movement that resulted in 
organization of Atlanta Unit No. 1, 
Amalgamated Ass'n of Old Maids, in 
connection with screening of 'The 
Old Maid' (WB). Week before pic 
opened Read sold idea to Constitu- 
tion, and newspaper went for it big, 
running daily stories and member- 
ship coupon to be filled out by old 
maids and mailed to theatre. Stories 
were run with art of shots from film. 

More than 500 coupons were filled 
out by spinsters, and first 100 to send 
them in were invited by theatre 
management to dinner at Henry 
Grady hotel evening of day 'Old 
Maid' opened. Feature of dinner was 
selection of Atlanta's 'most glamor- 
ous old maid.' 

To spinster awarded 'most glam 
orous' title went honor of cutting 
monster 400-pound cake in lieu of 
wedding cake slicing she had missed 
because of spinsterhood. Theatre 
patrons thronged foyer and each got 
a slice of cake, which contained 
about 300 prizes. ' 

Stunt paid dividends in patronage 
and did well at boxoffice. 



'Smith' Billing in Pa. 

Given local Twist 



Harrisburg, Nov. 7, 
Banners on 'Mr. Smith Goes to 
Washington,' current at the State 
here, are making what might.be con- 
sidered a political prediction. The 
names of the co-stars and picture are 
printed so that the locals can read 
'Arthur James Goes to Washington,* 
James, Pennsylvania's breaker-boy 
governor, i^ rumored to be badly 
bitten by the presidential bee. 

Democrats get a kick out of the 
film, too, for the name of the non 
office holding Republican boss of 
Dauphin County is Harvey Taylor, 
The power politician Edward Arnold 
plays in 'Mr. Smith' is a fellow by 
the name of Taylor. 



Baltimore, Nov. 7. 

Neil Swanson^ managing edi- 
tor of the Baltimore Sun and 
author of 'Allegheny Frontier,' 
being given a world premiere in 
Pittsburgh this week, was in- 
vited to attend the preem by 
an RKO rep. Flack suggested 
that Swanson could come up 
with Claire Trevor, skeded to 
make the trip via Baltimore. 
Went into a rave about her per- 
formance in the film. Said she 
was made to order for the part 
and that Swanson must have 
had her in mind when he wrote 
his story. 

'But there Is no girl in my 
book,* explained the author. 

There was no answer to that 
one. 



SMELLING SALTS FOR 
FT. WORTH HLM CRIX 



Competing Houses Join 
For Bergman Buildup 



Seattle, Nov. 7. 

When Maureen O'Hara was here 
for personal appearance at the Fifth 
Avenue, at opening of 'Jamaica Inn' 
(Par), she led a. fast and furious life. 
She reached town at 7:30 a.m., was 
interviewed by the newsmen, made 
several radio talk$, and was on the 
stage at 2:45 and 9, leaving at 11 p.m. 
for other dates. 

But Maureen was not too busy to 
join the campaign of selling more 
Washington apples. She sent a box 
as a gift to President Roosevelt at 
the White House. The stunt got 
pixes In the papers. It attracted to 
the public-spirited propaganda to 
eat and ship more apples, which are 
in a glut due to stoppage of exports 
on account oi the European war, 

Vic Gauntlett and Eddie Rivers, 
space-makers for Hamrick-Ever- 
green . Theatres, are putting over a 
novel 'trade' with a competitive 
house, the Metropolitan, all for the 
glory of Ingrid Bergman. She's 
coming to the Fifth In 'Intermezzo' 
(UA), dcbutting her Hollywood ca- 
reer; also to the Met in the Swedish 
production, 'A Woman's Face.' So 
Hamrlck-Evergreen is distribing cir' 
culars advertising 'Jamaica* and also 
plugging for the coming. Met attrac- 
tion featuring the foreign screen 
star. Gus Bachman is the sponsor 
for Swedish pixes at the Met and 
has a Scandinavian newscast on KJR 
daily. 



Fort Worth, Nov. 7. 

Lowell Bodiford and Charlie Mur- 
ray, of Interstate, know how to pro- 
mote a 'Donald Duck Jinx Show' as 
witness the campaign on this, their 
latest set-up: 

A trailer on the screen for a month 
in advance; four ghost Jinx, dummies 
covered with sheets spotted in the 
theatre; pass-out checks; smelling 
salts to critics for stories; shocking 
machine in the lobby; ghost bally 
at the ball game and. downtown; 
want ad seeking to hire a live ghost; 
plugs on Buck Nite drawings; radio 
plug of thirty minute broadcast from 
the theatre; 20,000 programettes 
birthday club story in the Fort 
Worth Star-Telegram on Donald 
Duck one week in advance; paper- 
maiche cat head and costume for 
downtown bally; underline in daity 
ads one week in advance; story in 
the Fort Worth shopper one week in 
advance; mammoth Donald Duck 
painted on the sidewalk in front of 
the theatre with copy covering the 
entire outer lobby ten days in ad- 
vance; 32 signs on the jinx show over 
the marquee two weeks in advance. 



Nat'I Admen Instructed To 
Emulate Show Biz Bally 
Methods for the Future 



Publicity and advertising chiefs ot 
America's leading industrial firms 
were tipped oft. to study both motion 
picture and radio advertising tech'- 
nique if for no other reason than to 
be. ready to cash in on television 
when it arrives. Publicity-ad ex-, 
perts were told this at the National 
Association of Accredited Publicity 
Directors luncheon last week. 

The strides that the screen has 
taken as a medium of exploitation, 
advertising or publicity were pointed 
to. One speaker said that the tippff 
on the popularity of this type of ' 
bally was the fact that nearly 1,000 
such pictures were made during the . 
last 12 months, although there were 
few highly organized channels of 
distribution which could place the 
product in theatres. 

■That television represents the wed- 
ding of radio and motion pictures 
was cited as the reason why publio 
relations and advertising executives 
should study , both methods so they 
could combine them efficiently on 
sight-sound broadcasts: The most . 
perfect sales message concocted for 
television would be the one which 
clicks, one exec claimed — all of 
which means the expert in both 
fields would be the company creat- 
ing the most attention. 

Because so many industrial firms 
have been placed on the spot by the 
Government, in the eyes of the pub- • 
lie, another speaker said was rea-' 
son enough . why these same large 
corporations stress such institutional 
advertising so that they might give 
the pleasanter side of the business 
world to the public. 

Haysian spokesman hinted that 
the Motion Picture Producers and 
Distributors advertising seal 'vould 
go far towards making their com- 
mercial pictures click with audi- 
ences. The seal, he said, would tip 
off an audience that the screen sub- 
ject was intended as an advertising 
ot exploitation reel and thereby 
flatly stated there was no Intention 
of fooling them. His Idea was that 
nobody likes to be taken in and that 
he hates twice as much to be made 
the fall guy in public, pointing out ■ 
that disguised advertising pictures 
were inclined to do just that 



'DRUMS' BEAT SOHLY 
AT UPSTATE PREEMS 



COMMERCIAL SUBJECTS 
ON COLUMBIA RELEASE 



Columbia Pictures is releasing in 
the 'Happy Hour' series two short 
subject films which were produced 
under commercial sponsorship by 
WlUard Pictures. 'The Building of 
Boys' was backed by Boys Clubs of 
America, and the commentators are 
Lowell Thomas and C\em McCarthy. 

Second subject is entitled 'The 
Book of Books', financed by the Na- 
tional Bible Press, and relates the 
story of the making and printing of 
the Bible. 



WB's Sales Meet in N.Y. 

A Uiree-day sales meeting to dis- 
cuss Warner mid-winter product, 
marketing plans and another sales 
drive for next spring, went into ses- 
sion at the home office yesterday 
(Tues.), Grad Sears presiding. 

Sears brought in all his district 
managers for the session. 



Albany, Nov. 7. 
In contrast to smack radio ex- 
ploitation of Hollywood's premiere 
of 'Drums Along the Mohawk' via 
Kate Smith Show, Albany-Mohawk 
Valley phase of this was so puny as 
to cause comment It was the one 
angle of the ballyhoo that did not 
seem to have received proper con- 
sideration. A half-hour broadcast 
over WABY from- lobby of P.nlace 
theatre was unfortunately timed and 
developed into a big yawn. None 
of the visiting filmers Arlene 
Whelan, John Davis, Lynn Bari and 
Arthur Shields was heard. Nor were 
Governor ' Lehman or Mayor 
Thacher, although sign on announce- 
ment, slated they were expected to 
speak. 

Announcer Tip Corning stalled by 
reading reams of publicity about the 
picture. Five young women were 
brought to mike, but as they had not 
seen 'Dirums,' their contributions 
were nil. Lou Golding, manager 
Fabian division; Larry Cowan, man- 
ager of Grand, and C. R. Roseberry, 
critic of Knickerbocker News, spoke 
briefly. Excitement of a premiere 
was not reproduced for loud speaker 
reception, 

WABY carried a network com- 
mercial following half hour, but 
9-9:30 p.m. slot could have been 
used. Picture players were not due 
to make a Palace p.a. until 9:15.. 
They were in Schenccta?iy while 
lobby broadcast came through. 

Although in Albany on and off for 
two days, foursome did not mike lo- 
cally at all. This despite fact their 
hotel was only a block from WABY- 
WOKO. Nor did they air over WGY, 
either from De Witt Clinton (where 
station has a studio) or from Sche- 
nectady. Ed Flynn emceed a' simu- 
lated broadcast in front of Proctor's, 
Schenectady. Also stage-introduced 
filmers, as did Gorning in Albany. 



W4'(ln4'<)(l<'7* November 8, 1939 



PICTURE GROSSES 



VARIETY 



WB Ups PhiDy Scales; BetteNow 23G, 
Dead Enders-Weems-'Grass' Big 26G 



Philadelphia, Nov. 7. 

Despite a hike in admission prices 
In downtown deluxers and subse- 
qiioiit-iim houses, biz continues on 
the un^'i iide in Philly this week. ; 

Takini) advantage ot the general ; 
bri({l>iciiin« of the economic pic- ; 
turc. Warners last week reverted to ; 
its old policy of 68c night top at the ' 
Aldiiie, Boyd, Stanley, Fox, Karl- | 
ton. Keith's and Earle. The old top 
o( 57c remains at the Stanton. The 
day prices remain the same. 

Leading the parade is the Earle 
■with p.a. o( Dead End Kic"-. Ted 
Wci-ni-! band and 'Pride of the Blue 
Grass' This combination is gelling 
n.<al $26,000. Right on the Earle's 
heels is the Boyd, with its world pre- 
miere ot "Elizabeth and Essex' snag- 
aUx" heavy $23,000. 'Drums Along 
the'Mohawk' should gross good ?19,- 
500. 

Kstlmatcs for This Week 
Aldine (WB) (1,303; 32-42-57-68) 

— Real Glory' (UA) (2d wk). Re- 
pealing' tlie experience of other pic- 
lures at this deluxer and unable to | 
hiild up after one week. Doing poor 1 
$7,3(10 after good $14,200 in opening 
scsli. I 

Boyd (WB) f2,350; 32-42-57-68)— 1 
'Eli7.al)eth and Essex' (WB). Bally- I 
. hoo attending the world premiere of 
B.otte Davis" latest vehicle is build- 
in? this one up to strong $23,000. 
Looks good for at least two more 
laps. Last week 'Babes Arms' (M-G). 
smash $8,000 in only four days of 
fourth week here. 

E»rle (WB) (2.758; 32-42-57-68)— 
'Blue Gra.s.s' (WB) with Dead End 
Kids and Ted Weems orch on stage. 
Socko $26,000. Last week 'Kid 
NishtinKalc" (WB) and Jimmy 
Lunceford's orch, likewise good at 
$23,U00. - I 

Kox IWB) (2.423; 32-42-57-68)— 
'Roarini! Twentie.s' (WB) l2d wk). 
Fair $8,000 for live days of its sec- 
ond turn. Pulled to return hou.se to 
Wed. opening policy with unveiling 
of Deanna Durbin's 'Fii-st Love' to- 
morrow (8). Last week 'Roaring' got 
loud $17,800. 

Karlton (WB) (1,066; 32-42-57-68) 

— Pack Troubles' (20th) (2d run). 
Only weakie oi the week and sick 
$2,100 for live days. 'Roaring Twen- 
ties' moves over from the Fox to- 
morrow. Last week 'On Toes' (WB), 
n.g. $3,900. 

KeUh-s (WB) (1,870; 3"-42-57-68) 

— Babes Arms' (M-G) . (2d run). 
Still carries a wallop with a hefty 
$7,200 in sight after profitable run at 
Boyd. Last week 'Hollywood Cav- 
alcade' (20th), nice $5,100 for second 
week of second run. 

Stanley (WB) (2,916; 32-42-57-68) 
"Drums Mohawk' (20th). Beating 
out loud $19,700 for its opfening. Last 
week 'At Circu.s' (M-G)j fair $11,000 
for second round. 

Stanton (WB) (1,457; 32-42-57)— 
•U-Boat 29' (Col). War theme bring- 
ing them in here.' Nice $6,500. Last 
week, '20,000 Men' (20th), pallid 
$4,100, 



Key City Grosses 



Estimated Total Gross 

This Week $1,564,700 

^Based on 28 cities, 172 t/iea- 
frc.?. c)iie/li/ jTrst runs, including 
N. y.) . 

Total Gro.ss Same Week 

Last Year. . . .... .$l,«42,7aO 

(Based on 25 cities, 172 theatres). 



GRID, STRIKE HIT 
DET.; CIRCUS' 
N.G.$8,S00 



'glory; $12,1 
buffalo nifty 



Buffalo, Nov. 7. 
Buffalo box offices are punching, 
out a collection of fancy grosses cur- 
rently. 

'THoneymoon in Bali,' with Horace 
Heidi's orch, at Buffalo, is pointing 
for a smash figure, 'Real Glory' is 
getlmg fine response, while 'Alle^ 
gheny Uprising' will see an exlreme- 
ly -snug six days at the Century. 'Mr. 
S>i»ith. in third week, is still strong. 
Kslimales (or This Week 

Buffalo (Shea) (3.500; 30-35-5.')) — 
Bali' (Par) and Horace Heidi orch. 
fluling the roost and looks like socko 
$23,000. Last week, 'Hollywood C;n- 
lin'ooo ^^^^'^ *° <l'SaPPOi"'i"K 

Greai Lakes (Shea) (3,000: 30-,501— 
Real Glory" (UA). Getting powerful 
play and .should snag over $12,000. 
'iTly. Lasl week, 'Babes Arms" (M- 
y> run), got best gross in month 
lor hou.se at $8,300. 
.Hipp (Shea) (2,100; 25-35)— 'Have 
Music' (UA) and 'Fast Furious' (M- 
y}- Feeling the upsurge and should 
mi ,)ver $6,000, okay. 'liast week. 
Submarine D-1' (WB) (2d run) and 
Death Champion' (Par), so-so $5,000. 

Lafayrtle (Hayman) (3,300; 25-35) 
— Mr. Smith' (Col) (3d wk). Still 
potent enough to hit sturdy $8,000. 
i-asi week, over $10,000, sweet. 

:J0Ui Century (Dipson-Basil) (3.000; 
Allegheny Uprising' (RKO) 
and Flying Deuces' (RKO) (6 days)'. 
Very ni>at. probably over $9,000. La.st 
week, "Three Sons' (RKO) and Con- 
,'; ,^.'"-'e Bennett on sUge (25-40), $12,- 
*")«, famsh at best, 

■K ".• • ...... ..... J , , 



Detroit, Nov. 7. 

Football competish, plus continu 
ance. of Chrysler auto strike with 
60,000 or more idle, isn't helping 
theatre biz. "Mr. Smith. Goes to 
Wash.' after going under expecta- 
tions in lirsl stanza as a solo, is sur- 
prising on holdover at Fox com- 
bined with 'Beware Spooks,' by top- 
ping first week. 

"Old. Maid,' jji'hich has played three 
weeks downtown, is still pulling 'em 
in at Palms-Stale, where flicker is 
playing its second week with 'Dis- 
puted Pa.ssage.' 

Estimates for This Week 

Adams (Balaban) (1.700; 30-40)— 
'Call Messenger' (U) plus "Hero Day* 
lU). Figures for light $4,100. Last 
week, light $4,600 for "Hollywood 
Cavalcade' i20th).(2d run) and 'Es- 
cape" (20lh). 

Fox (Fox-Michigan) (5.000; 30-40- 
55)— "Mr. Smith' (Col) (2d wk) plus 
■Beware Spooks' (Col). Headed for 
smash $18,500 following last week's 
$17,000. under expectations but good 
for "Smith' solo. 

Michigan (United Detroit) (4,000; 
30-40-55)— 'Jamaica Inn' (Par) and 
On Toes" (WB). Will get mediocre 
$12,.500. Last week fair $13,000 
for 'Dust Be My Destiny' (WB) and' 
"Dancing Coed' iM-G). 

ralms-State (United Detroit) 
(3.000; 30-40-55 )-^'Disputed Passage' 
(Par) (2d nm) (2d wk) and 'Old 
Maid' (WB 2d run) (3d wk), dual. 
Knocked off nice $9,500 last week 
and looks like okay $5,000 currently. 

United Artists (United Detroit) 
(2,000; 30-40-55)— 'At Circus' (M-G). 
Marx Bros, opus paced for only 
$8,500. n.g. Last week (2d), light 
$7,400 for "Babes Arms' (M-G) after 
fancy $16,000 in first stanza. 

•Circus/ S'/zG, '1st Love,' 
$5,300 Forte in Portland 

Portland, Ore., Nov. 7. 

This week all pix are doing win- 
ning biz, but none in the r(:ally 
heavy sugar. 'At the Circus.' at 
Parker's UA, Is tops, with 'First 
Love,' at Broadway, second. 'Babes 
in Arms.' a heavy winner, moved 
to Mayfair for third week. 

Estimates (or This Week 

Broadway (Parker) (2.000; 30-35- 
401— 'First Love" (U) and 'Money 
Ring' IWB). Gelling good $5,300. 
Lasl week, 'Roaring TwcnUcsU WB) 
and "Brighl Boys" lU) average 
$4,200. 

Liberty dlamrick - Evergreen) 
(2.000; 30-35-40) — "Jamaica Inn" 
(Par) and 'Touchdown" (Par). 
Strong $5:000; La.st week, 'U-Boat 
29' (Coll and 'Chicken Wagon 
Family' (*20lhi, fair $.3,500. 

Mavfair ( Parker - E v e r g r e e n ) 
(1.50(): 30-35-40) — 'Babes Arms' 
iM-CIi .Tud 'Witness 'Vanishes" (U). 
Moved to this house from the UA 
lor third week and still a winner for 
Kood enough S2.700. Lasl week, 
•Real Glory' (U.\) and "No Place 
Go" (WB). fair S2.200 following good 
week at Broadway. 

Orpheiim lOrpheum Co.) (1.800; 
20-30-40) — "Old Monterey' (Rep) 
and 'Mr. Wong' (Mono), and vnude. 
Scoring good enough $4,700. 'Mon- 
terey' lUsl Gene Autry pic to play 
major spot in this burg. 

Paramount (Hamrick-Evergiicen') 
(3.000; 30-35-40)— 'Disputed Passage' 
(Par) and "Everything Ice" (RKO). 
Getting average $4,500. La.sl week. 
"Hollywood Cavalcade' (20lh) and 
•Full Confession" (RKOi. second 
week, good S4.000. First week big 
56.000. 

United .\rtisls (Parker) (1.000; 30- 
.15.401 - -Circus' (M-G) and 'Rio' 
(Ui. G.)ing for strong $5,500. Lasl 
week. "Babes Arm.s' (M-G) and 'Wit- 
ness Vanishes' (U). mopped up in 
second week with $3,800 and moved 
to Mavfair. First week great $5,700. 



m SMITH' KNOCKING 
OVER MEMPHIS, $7,500 



Memphis, Nov. 7. 
'Mr. Snvith' is flirting with top 
gross for th'e year at the Malco Pal- 
ace. Perfect weather and publicity 
on Washington premiere combining 
to give Capra opus inside track, on 
fl/eek's trade, which is generally 
okay.. ... 

Orpheum started slow with 'Inter- 
national Circus' on stage and 'Charlie 
Chan at Reno,' but picking up as kids 
get hep to fact it's no gag. House 
was shutterSd two weeks for lack of 
attraction. 'Dancing Co-Ed' and 
'Here I Am a Stranger' are splitting 
the week at Loew's, with former 
doing better than expected in first 
four days. 

Strand is having a flurry of book- 
ing switches, advertising second-run 
'Hollywood Cavalcade' for opening 
Sunday and shifting suddenly to re- 
peat 'Jes.se James' foi: single day, 
then popping in 'Honeymoon's Over' 
first-run yesterday (Monday) with- 
out advance notice. 

Estimates (or This Week 
Loew's (Loew) (2,600 10-30-40) — 
'Dancing Co-Ed' (M-G). Nabbed 
$2,600 in four days, with 'Stranger' 
(20th) in today (Tuesday) for bal- 
ance of split-week. Total may be 
$5,200. okay. Last week, 'At Circus' 
(M-G), $4,500, fairish. 

Warner's (Warner) (2.300 10-30-40) 
—'Dress Parade' (WB). Little 
tough ies no big draw on own as rule, 
but heading for fair $4,000. L,ast 
week. 'Roaring Twenties' (WB), $7,- 
100. a wallop. 

Malco Palace (Lightman) (2,200; 
10-30.-40)— 'Mr. Smith' (Col). Crix 
went to town and film should'get big 
$7,500. Last week. 'Under-Pup' (U), 
five days, with 'Cat Canary' (Par) for 
Hallowe'en niidnight sl\o'w, $4,000, 
satisfying. 

Orpheum (Cullins-Evans) (2,800; 
15-40-55)— 'Chan Reno' (20th), with 
"International Circus' on stage. Late 
in getting under way, but leading to 
$4,000, fair. Last week. dark. 

Strand (Lightman) (1.000 10-20-30) 
— 'Jesse James' (20th). 'Honeymoon's 
Over' (20th). 'Grey Walls' (Col) and 
'U-Boat 20' (Col), dividing cockeyed 
booking week. Probably $1,600, fair. 
Last week. 'Touchdown' (Par), 
'Everything's Ice' (RKO) and 'Law 
Pampas' (Par), divvied, $2,100, very 
good. 



Ung 20$ 'SmiW 2d 
Week 23y2G, Only LA. Coin Getters; 
'Jamaica,' 15G, 'EternaDy/ 17^26, Mild 



Broadway Grosses 

Estimated Total Grosi 

This Week $298,800 

(Based on IZ theatres') 
Total Gross Same Week 

Last Year $352,300 

(Based on 12 tiieatres) 



INDPLS. IS BLAH; 
BETTE-FLYNN 
FAIR $7,1 



CAGNEY-LANE 
OK lliG IN HUB 



Boston, Nov. 7. 

'Babes in Arms,' h-!ld for second 
s(an7.a at. two Loew hou.ses, is still 
the town's sensation, flinging up 
big daily tallies, with standee biz. 
over weekend and for practically 
every evening performance. 'Inter- 
mezzo" wound up two good weeks at 
the Memorial Sunday (5); . 

'Roaring Twenties' look.<! okay at 
the Met. Starting Thursday (9), the 
RKO-Boslon will again run vaude 
for four days of--the week. This 
policy was tried for two weeks, then 
switched back to three days for one 
week. Kay Kyser plays full week 
at house starting Nov. 29. 

Estimates for This Week 

Boston (RKO) (3.200: 2ff-30-.35-40) 
—'Road Glory' (20th) (reissue) and 
"Hou.se Horror' (U) (1st run), dual, 
with vaude three days, and 'Calling 
Marines' (RcpV (1st run) and 'Fron- 
tier Mai-.shal' (20lh) (2d run), three 
days. Will take around .$8,500. okay. 
Lasl week, "Tomorrow Comes' (U) 
(2d run I, with vaude. Iwo days; 'The 
Frog' I'iOlhi (Isl run), with same 
vaude two days, and 'Name Only' 
(RKO) and 'Man Could Not Hang' 
(Col) (bolh 2d run), dual, $7,500, 

Fenway (M&P) 0.332 ; 25-35-40- 
55)— 'On Toes' (WB) and 'Money 
Ring' (WB). Satisfactory $5,500. 
Lasl week. "Hollywood C"avalcade' 
(20lh" and "Nancy Drew' (WB) (both 
continued run), dual, good $C'.OO0. 

Keith Memorial (RKO) (2.907; 25- 
35-40-55) — 'Intermezzo' (UA) (2d 
wk) and 'Three Sons" (RKO) (oiic 
week I. Will gel around $12,500. 
good. Last week, 'Intermezzo' and 
'Undcr-Pup' (U), dandy $17,000. 

Metropolitan (M&P) (4..3G7: 25-35- 
40-55)— 'Roaring Twenties' (WB) and 
•Kid Nightingale' (WB). Boltcr- 
Ihan-avcra^c $10,000. Last week, 
■Jamaica Inn' (far) and 'F.vcry- 
thing's Ice" (RICO). $10,500, pleasing, 
bill not up to cx.|>cctaljons. 

Orpheum iLocw) ("2.900; 25-35-40- 
.55)— 'Babes Arms' (M-G) and 'Grey 
Wall.!' (Col) <2d wk). On way to 
big $19,000. Last wci-k smash $24,000 

Paramount (M&P) (1,797: 25-35- 
40-55 )-^'0n Toes' (WB) and 'Smash- 
ing Ring' (WBi. Good $7,500. Lasl 
week. "Hollywood Cavalcade' (2nih) 
and 'Nancy Drew' (WB) (bolh con- 
tinued rum. $8,000. good. 

Scollav (M«:l') (2..538: 25-35-40-50) 
—"Bali' (Par) and 'Pride Blucqras.s' 
(WB) (botli 'id run). Aiming at 
$4,500, fair. Last week, 'Dusl Des- 



Indianapoi: ;. Nov. 7. 

House managers can cut down on 
their police escorts"- to the bank this 
week, with dull bjz relieving the 
necessity of the co^ guard. Circle 
is in the black wie^ Cab Calloway 
orch on stage and 'Cat and Canary,' 
but Lyric has the red ink ^out for 
'Here I- Am Stranger' and vaude. 

Locker room talk' has .the boys 
wondering what has happened to 
weekday . busine.ss. For six weeks 
houses have had strong play over 
weekends and thcri died from Mon- 
day through Thursday. 

Just able to pay olT the help, with 
nothing for the stockholders, are 
Loew's, with 'Real Glory' and 'Hid- 
den Power'; Indiana, with 'Elizabeth 
and Essex' and 'Pride Bluegi'ass';- 
and Apollo, "wilh "Submarine S3-V 
and 'Kid Nightingale' 

Estimates for This Week 

Apollo (Kalz-Dolle) (1.100; 25-30- 
; 40)— "Submarine D-l' (WB) (reissue) 
and 'Kid Nightingale' (WB). Weak 
$1,700. Last week, 'Rio' (U) and 
'Call Messenger' (U), meagre $1,900. 

Circle (Katz-Dolle) (2,600; 25-30- 
40) — 'Cat Canary' and Cab Calloway 
Orch. Drawing okay $12,000. Last 
week, 'What Life' (Par) and Joe E. 
Brown unit, in the red at $10,000. 

Indiana (Katz-Dolle) (3.100; 25-30- 
40)— 'Elizabeth Essex' (WB) and 
'Pride Bluegrass' (WB). Belle Davis- 
Errol Flynn just over the line with 
fair $7,000. Last week, 'Roaring 20's' 
(WB) and 'Drew Staircase' (WB), 
mild $6,800. 

Loew's (Loew's) (2,400; 25-30-40)— 
'Real Glory' (UA) and .'Hidden 
Power' (Col). Unexciting $8,100. 
Last week, 'Babes Arfias' (M-G) and 
"Scandal Sheet" (Col), second week, 
good $7,500. 

. Lyric (Lyric) (1,900; 25-30-40) — 
'Stranger' (20lh). and vaude. Poor 
$8,000. Last week, 'Sherlock Holmes' 
(20th) and Will Osborne orch. nose- 
dived after weekend to red $9,000. 



'CIRCUS' GOOD $4,200 
AS O.C.'S BIZ BEHERS 



Oklahoma City. Nov. 7. 

New week looks slightly belter 
than last, which hit average figures 
all around. 

'Old Maid' is doing nicely in sec- 
ond week at Tower. "Mr. Smith' is 
clicking in third week at Stale, and 
'At the Circus' is good at Midwest. 
Estimates for This Week 

Criterion (Stan) (1,1500: 25-.35-40)— 
'Roaring Twenties' (WB). Good 
$4,000. Last week, "Babes' (M-G), 
split with 'Roaring Twenties' (WB), 
three days, average $3,600. 

Liberty (Stan) (1.200; 15-20.25)— 
'Pack Troubles' (20th) and 'Escape' 
(20th). .\vcragc $2,500. Last week. 
'Undcr-Pup' (U) and 'Despcrale 
Trails' (U), fair $2,.30O. 

Midwest (Stan I (1,500: 23-35-40)— 
'At Circus' (.M-G). Good $4,200. 
Lasl week. 'Old Maid" (WB), eight 
days, good SD.flOO. 

Plaza (Stan I (7,50: 25-.'J5-40)— 
■Babes" (M-G >. Good S900. Last 
week, ■All Quid' (Ui. three day.s and 
"Beau Geslc' (Par), four days, $805, 
fair. 

State (Noble) U.lOO; 20-25'40)— 
'Mr. Smith' iCol)'(3d wk). Good 
S3. 500. La.st week, .second, good 
$4,500. 

• Tower (Stan) (1.000; 20-2.5-35)— 
'Old .Maid' (WU). Good $2,500. Lasl 
week. "Dancing Co-Ed' (M-G), so-so 
$1,700. 



Los Angeles, Nov. 7. 

Few ot the local fii>sl-runs are bit- 
ing grosses comparable with last 
week, although takes are pretty well 
distributed. WB's 'Roaring Twenties' 
is only one ot Ihe newcomers stack- 
ing up substantially, with gangster 
opus expected to garner combined 
$19,400 at the day-dale Downtown 
and Hollywood. 

'Mr. Smith" Goes to Washington,' 
though a holdover, is still hitting on 
all six and should add another $23,- 
500 on second stanza, topping the 
town. 'Jamaica Inn.' at the Para- 
mount, is not breakiiiK any house 
records. Holdovers Just did fair on 
the stanza. 

Estimates for This Week 

Cartliay Circle (Fox) (1,518; .30-40- 
55-75)— "Blackmail" (M-G) and 'Fast 
Furiou.s" (M-G), dual (3rd week). 
Still in the profit cla.ssillcation, al- 
though $1,500 nothing exlraordinaiy. 
La.st week surprised by hitting $2,000. 
I Chinese (Giauman-F-WC) (2.024; 
30-40-55-75)— "Eternally Yours" (UA) 
and 'Pack Up Troubles' (20th), dual. 
Just another one of lho.se weeks at 
the ace boulevard hou.ss - as slim 
$8,200 attests. Lasl w'eek, "At Circus' 
(M-C) and 'Dancing Co-Ed,' $8,000,, 
n.g. 

Downtown (WB) (1,800; 30-40-55- 
65)— 'Roaring Twenties' (WB) and 
'Prid(; Bluogra.s.s' (WB). dual. Quite 
an improvement in trade here and 
looks like easy $10,000 on the stanza. 
Last week, 'On Toes" (WB) and 
"Torchy Dynamite' (WB), very weak, 
$4,000. 

Four Star (F-WC-UA)— 'Holly- 
wood Cavalcade' (20th) (5th week); 
Final week cut to six days for around 
$2,000 take. Fourth full week brought 
okay $2,700. 

Hollywood (WB) (2,750; 30-40-5!!- 
65)— "Roaring Twenties' (WB) and 
'Pridis Bluegrass' (WB), dual. Nearly 
300% improvement over last week 
and $9,400 healthy. Last week, 'On 
Toes' (WB) and 'Torchy Dynamite' 
(WB), brutal $3,500. 

Orpheum (Bdwy.) (2,280: 30-40-55) 
— 'Death Champion' (Par) and 
'Rookie Cop' (RKO), dual, and 
vaude. Two first-runs, but they do 
not mean a thing as $7,000 indicates. 
Last week, 'Big Town Czar' (U) and 
"Asked for It' (U), so-.so $6,700. 

Panlages (Pan) (2,812; 30-40-55)— 
'Mr. Smith' (Col) (2nd week) and 
'Two Bright Boy.s' (U), dual. Hold- 
ing for excellent second stanza which 
should be around $12,500. First week 
ended with $18,500, very good. 

Paramount (Par) (3,595; 30-40-55) 
—'Jamaica Inn' (Par) and stage 
show. Will likely hit fair $15,000. 
Last week, "Disputed Passage' (Par;, 
lipped $14,500. 

KKO (2,872; 30-40-55)— 'Mr. Smith' 
(Col) (2rid week) and 'Bright Boy.s' 
(U), dual. Into second week with 
continued strength for near $11,000 
on the stanza. Last week (first) 
gro.ssed over $10,600, big. 

State tLoew-Fox) (2,414; 30-40-55- 
75)— 'Eternally Yours' (UA) and 
'Pack Troubles' (20th), dual. Will 
have to be satisfied with slim $9,400. 
Lasl week, "Circus' (M-G J and 'Co- 
Ed' (M-G). slim $9,500. 

United Artists (F-WC) f2.100; 30- 
40-55)— "Circu.s' (M-G) and 'Dancing 
Co-Ed' (M-G), dual. N.g. on move- 
over, with only $2,300 in sight. Last 
week, holdover of 'Babes Arms' 
I (M-G) and 'Chan Island' (20th), okay 
$2..500. 

Wilshire (F-WC) (2.290; .30-40-55- 
0.5)- 'Circus' (M-G) and 'Dancing 
Go-Ed' (M-G), dual. Not very hot 
which is same amounl gar- 
last week on holdover ot 
Arms' IM-G) and 'Chan 
('20lh). 



$4,200. 
ncrcd 
"Babes 
Island' 



Football in N. Y. Proves 
Bonanza to Show Biz 



liny' (WB) and 'Stranger' (20th) 
I Ojolh 2d run), dual. $4,'2()0. fairi.sh. 
I Slate (Loew I (3,000: 25-35-40-.')5)— 
''Babes Arms' (M-G) and 'High 

Wall.s' (Col) (2d wk). Very strong 
.$11,500. Last week, big $17,000. 



What football can mean to show 
business was exemplified Saturday 
night (4) in New York, when 
Broadway looked like a New Yea)'s 
Eve out of season. Chief reason wa.i 
the Army-Nolre Dame game at the 
Yankee stadium, which drev/ 75,056, 
many of them' out-of-lowners. The 
Fordham-Rice and N.Y.U.-Lafayelte 
contests were also contributing fac- 
tors to Broadway's boom night. 

Few of the Main Stem nilcrics and 
theatres failed to cash in . on the 
huge throngs that flocked into Times 
Square Most, ot the nilcrics got 
more than they could hold, this even 
being true at the mammolh Inter- 
national Casini). C'olton Club and 
I'aradi.sp. ■ 

One nitery op i'cmarkcd it was 
the bigycsl night he'd see between 
now and New Year's. 

I » • • 1 < : I . ( • III ' », • ' 



10 VARIETY 



PICTURE GROSSES 



Wednesdaj, Nov imber 8, 1939 



Grid Boosts Mpk; Boles-lawyer 
Terrific $12,(1, 'Smidi' Big $9,500 



Minneapolis, Nov. 7. 
Earl N. Pomeroy, Tribune drama 
editor, in front page story, declared 
all-time records for entertainment 
spending were broken here over 
vrcek-end. More than 53,000 paid 
$2.65 each to see Minnesotn-North- 
western football game, loop theatres 
enjoyed their biggest days in ye.-irs 
Friday to Sunday. AH local night 
clubs had turnaway business those 
nights. Hi5hschool football games 
attracted more than 25,000, and 
nearly 5,000 were on hand for Min- 
neapolis Symphony Orchestra con- 
cert featuring Rachmaninoff. 

Total amusement expenditures, inr 
eluding those at neighborhood 
houses, for three weekend days are 
eatimated at more than $500,000, 
with nearly 300,000 people going in 
lor various amusements. 

Among the newcomers the top b.o. 
positions are copped by 'Mr. Smith 
Goes to Washington.' at Orpheum, 
and John Boles in person at Minne- 
sota. 'Mr. Smith' will run at least 
two weeks. Boles will give the Min- 
nesota one of its best seven days 
since its reopening. 

Two holdovers, "B. 'les in Arms' 
and 'All Quiet on the Western 
Front,' are still going along at a 
healthy clip after smash first weeks. 
In" more normal times both undoubt- 
edly would do considerably better, 
bi t their takings . are not to be 
sneezed at, and under all the adverse 
circumstances size up as substan- 
tial. 

'Nurse Caveir and 'Blackmail' are 
by no means weaklings. However, 
the first named, in particular, is not 
bringing any considerable joy to the 
Century, and both must be set down 
as depression sufferers. 'The Chal- 
lenge, at World; has been acclaimed 
by the critics, but doesn't seem to be 
able to grease the turnstiles appre- 
ciably. 

The Orpheum .gets back into the 
stage show running Friday (10) with 
Phil Spitalny and his Hour of Charm 
femme band. 

Estimates for This Week 

Aster (Par-Singer) (900; 25)^'Mad 
■youth' (Peipel) and 'Mutiny Black- 
hawk' (U), dual first-runs. Sex pic- 
ture for 'adults only' exploited sen- 
sationally. Admission boosted from 
15c. to 25c. all day. Headed for big 
$2,400. Last week, 'Money Ring' 
(WB) and 'Hawaiian Nights' (U), 
dual first-runs, split with 'Scandal 
Sheet' (Col) and 'Hero Bay' (U), 
also dual first-runs, $1,300, mild. 

Century (Par-Singer) (1,600; 25- 
35-40) — 'Nurse Cavell' (RKO). 
Plenty of praise for this one, and it's 
timely, too, but lack of cast names, 
tough opposition and bad general 
business conditions are hurting. Will 
be lucky to top light $3,000. Last 
(Continued on page 47) 



'Smith; $13,000, 'Circus,' 
$9,000, Denver Winners 



Denver, Nov. 7. 
'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' is 
running way above average, and 
packing them in. Practically every 
first-run had standouts Saturday and 
Sunday nights. 

Orpheum, Paramount and Rialto 
double bills are- getting good biz. 
Estimates for This W.eck 
Aladdin (Fox) (1,400; 25-40)— 
'Rearing Twenties' (WB), after week 
at Denver. Fair $3,500. Last week, 
'Real. Glory' (UA), after week at 
Denver, same figure. 

Broadway (Fox) (1.040; 25-35-40) 
— 'Babes Arms' (M-G), after two 
weeks at Orpheum. Nice $3,000. Last 
week, 'Under-Pup' (U) and 'Mutiny 
Blackhawk' (U), only fair at $2,000, 
after week at Paramount. 

Denham (Cockrill) (1,750; 2.5-35-40) 
— Disputed Passage' (Par) (2d wk). 
Okay $4,500 for h.o. Last week, $8,- 
500, strong. 

Denver (Fox) (2,525; 25-35-40)— 
'Mr. Smith' (Col), Strong $13,000. 
Last week. 'Roaring Twenties' (WB), 
good $10,000. 

Orpheum (RKO) (2,600; 25-35-40) 
—'Circus' (M-G) and 'Full Confes- 
sion' (RKO). Fine $9,000. Last week, 
'Babes Arms' (M-G), second week,, 
nice $8,500, 

Faramount (Fox) (2,200; .25-40)^ 
'Dust Destiny' (WB) and 'No Place 
Go' (WB). Strong at $5,000. Last 
week, 'All Quiet' (U) (reissue) and 
•Drew SUircase' (WB), good $4,500. 

Rialto (Fox) (878; 25-40)— 'Real 
Glory' (UA), after a week at each 
the Denver and Aladdin, and 'Heaven 
Fence' (20th). Good $2,500. Last 
week, 'Hollywood Cavalcade' (20th), 
after a week at each the Denver and 
Aladdin, and 'Hidden Power' (Col), 
good $2,200. 



BENNEH-'BOYS' 
NSH12i/2G,CINCY 



Cincinnati, Nov. 7 
Main stem's slowing down after 
■ fortnight of brisk biz. Top pic 
pull this week is 'Roaring Twenties', 
yet its only fair for the Palace. Big 
Albee, with 'Intermezzo', is hitting 
Its sourest figure in quite a spell 
*Blondie Brings Up Baby' and 'Fly- 
ing Deuces' are tamies for Keith's 
and the. Lyric. 

Holding over at the Capitol for Its 
third downtown week, 'Mr. Smith" 
continues strong. Combo Shubcrt is 
eetting so-so returns with 'Two 
Bright Boys' and stage show topped 
by Constance Bennett. 

Estimates for This Week 
Albee (RKO) (3,300; 35-42)— 'In- 
termezzo' (UA). Oft key at $8,500. 
Last week, 'Real Glory' (UA). fair 
$10,500. 

Capitol (RKO) (2,000; 35-42)— 'Mr. 
Smith' (Col) (2d wk). Held over 
lor second week here after initial 
eeven-day showing at the Albee. Big 
$6,000 after last week's great $8,000. 
Might stick third week. 
^Family (RKO) (1,000; 15-25)— 
•Man Couldn't. Hang' (Col) and 'Wo- 
men Wind' (WB). Good $2,300. Last 
week, 'Torpedoed' (Ind) and 'Crash- 
Through' (Mono), $2,500, good. 

Keith's (Libson) (1,500; 35-42)— 
•Blondie Baby' (Col). Slow $4,000. 
Last week, 'What Life' (Par), sorry 
$3,500. 

Lyric (RKO) (1,400; 35-42)— 'Fly- 
ing Deuces' (RKO). Fair $4,000. 
Last week, 'Babes Arms' (M-G) (3d 
run), dandy $4,500. 

Palace (RKO) (2,600; 35-42)— 
*Roaring Twenties' (WB). Fair $10,- 
000. Last week, 'At Circus' (M-G), 
poor $a,000. 

Shnbert (RKO) (2.150; 40-60)— 
•Two Bright Boys' (U) and Con- 
stance Bennett fronting vaude. N.s.h. 
$12,500. Last week, 'Bookies Wept' 
(RKO) and Martha Raye heading 
•tage show, $17,000, big. 



SlTff ■ VAUDE 
BIG $17, 
IN BALTO 



Baltimore, Nov. 7. 

Continued steady play here, with 
product still coming strong and 
bullish weekends making up for the 
slack now generally encountered 
during balance of week. Selling 'Mr. 
Smith Goes to Washington' to the 
hilt, Izzy Rappaport is sending his 
combo Hipp mto the lead. Also big 
is 'Drums Along the Mohawk,' using 
up every bit of space in the limited 
capacity of the New. 

Estimates for This Week 

Century (Loew's-UA) (3,000; 15- 
25-40)— 'Real Glory' (I A). Holding 
up well at $9,000. Last week, second 
of 'Babes in Arms' (M-G), added 
solid $9,200 to socko opener at $16,- 
300. 

Hippodrome (Rappaport) (2,205; 
15-25-35-40-55-66)— 'Mr: Smith' (Col) 
and vaude. Going to town in big 
way on heels of strong buildup. 
Town-leading $17,000 in sight. Last 
week, 'Bookies Wept' (RKO), thanks 
to Andrews Sisters and Woody Her- 
man orch, pleasing $13,900. 

Keith's (Schanberger) (2,406; 15- 
25-35-40)— 'Cat and Canary' (Par). 
Attracting some action at $9,000. 
Last week, windup of 10 days of 
•Disputed Passage' (Par), counted for 
pleasing $12,600. 

New (Mechanic) (1,581; 15-25-35- 
55)— 'Drums Mohawk' (20th). Util- 
izing small capacity of house to limit, 
with strong $7,000 looked for. Last 
week, '20,000 Men? (20th). didn't ac- 
complish much in spite of extra sup-* 
port from local Hearst News-Post, 
with mild $3,300 in the till. 

Stanley (WB) (3,280; 15-25-35-40- 
55)— 'Roaring Twenties' (WB) (2d 
wk). Maintaining mild pace to 
$6,000 after gratifying $11,800 for 
first round. 



B'klyn Perks With H.O.s; 
Tassage'-'Toes,' $16,500 



Brooklyn, Nov. 7. 
Business Is picking up in the down- 
town sector, with Fabian Paramount, 
RKO Albee and Loew's Metropolitan 
all doing well. Paramount is draw- 
ing with 'Disputed Passage' and 'On 
your . Toes' Albee with 'Hollywood 
Cavalcade' and 'Full Confession' in 
second stanza, and Loew's Metropoli- 
tan with 'Women' and 'Challenge,' 
also h.o.'s. 

Estimates for This Week 
Albee (3,274; 25-35-50) — 'Holly- 
wood Cavalcade' (20th) and 'Full 



Confession' (RKO) (2d wk). (Tood 
$14,000. Last week, excellent $19,000. 

Fox (4,089; 25-35-50)— 'U-BOat 29' 
(Col) and Drew Staircase' (WB). 
Came in last Tuesday (31). Will get 
okay $14,000 and holdover. 

Met (3,618; 25-35-50)— 'Women' (M- 
G) and 'Challenge' (FA) (2d wk). 
Satisfactory $14,000. Last week, swell 
$19,000. 

Paramount (4,126; 25-35-50)— 'Dis- 
puted Passage' (Par) and 'On Toes' 
(WB). Bright, $16,500. Last week. 
'Dust Destiny' (WB) and 'Touchdown' 
(Par) (2d wk), fine $16,000, 

Strand (2,870; 25-35-40)— 'Maginot 
Line' (Ind) and 'Woman Is Judge' 
(Col). Okay $5,000. Last week, 'Re- 
turn Frog' (Select' and 'Demon Fleet' 
(Select), excellent. $7,500. 

'Babes; $9,000, 
'Etemafly,' 8I/2G. 
Omaha s Clicb 



Omaha, Nov. 7. 

'Babes in Arms' at Omaha is the 
town's best draw, proving anew 
Mickey Rooney's b.o. potency. 'Eter- 
nally Yours' is nice at Orpheum. 

Clear, cool weather helping to 
keep the wickets spinning. 

Estimates for This Week 

Avenue - Dundee - Military (Gold- 
berg) . (800-600-950; 10-25) — 'Star 
Maker' (Par) and "Tomorrow Comes' 
(U), dual, split with 'Fight Peace' 
(Mono), first run, 'Way Down South' 
(RKO) and 'Exchamp' (U), tripler. 
Good $1,700. Last week, 'Oz' (M-G) 
and 'Like Hot' (Par), dual, split with 
Borrowed Time' (M-G) and 'Under- 
cover Doctor' (Par), dual, $1,700, 
good. 

Brandels (Singer-RKO) (1,250; 10- 
25-35-40)— 'Mr. Smith' (Col) and 
•Prison Gates' (Col) (2d wk). Good 
$4,000. First week, $6,000, great. 

Omaha (Blank) (2,000; 10-25-40)— 
'Babes Arms' (M-G) and 'Water- 
front' (WB). Swell $9,000. Last 
week, 'Thunder Afloat' (M-GX and 
'Quick Millions' (20th), $7,500, good. 

Orpheum (Blank) (3,000; 10-25-40) 
—'Eternally Yours' (UA) and 'Tele- 
vision Spy' (Par). Nice $8,500. Last 
week, 'Dancing Co-ed' (M-G) and 
'Sherlock Holmes' (20th), $8,000. fair. 

Town ((Soldberg) (1.250; 10-20-25) 
— Fighting Gringo' (RKO), 'Drum- 
mond Bride' (Par), first runs, and 
'Ex-Champ' (U). tripler, split with 
'Fight Peace' (Mono), first run. 'To- 
morrow Comes' (U) and 'Star Maker' 
(Par), tripler. Good $1,200. Last 
week 'Arizona Kid' (Rep), 'News 
Night' (20th), 'Mystery Plane' 
(Mono), first run tripler, .split with 
'Black River' (Col), 'Girls Marry' 
(Mono), first runs, and 'Like Hot' 
(Par), tripler, $1,300, nice. 



H. 0. s Top Frisco; IWr. Smith's 2d 
Smash $16,000, 'Espionage' Mild IIG 



p. A. Hnioes 'Jamaica' 
To $7,500 in Seattle 



Seattle, Nov. 7. 

Personal by Maureen O'Hara at 
Fifth Avenue, where the Laughton 
vehicle, 'Jamaica Inn,' is current, 
hypoed biz. The Irish girl made 
two stage appearances, was Inter- 
viewed and photogged, and then hur- 
ried to other dates. 

Liberty has heavy newspaper cam- 
paign for 'Mr. Smith,' with Mike 
Newman, Columbia exploitation ace, 
here for bally. Palomar returned to 
solo film plus vaude with 'Roaring 
Twenties' and is. drawing big biz. 
Estimates for This Week 

Blue Mouse (Hamrick-Evergreeny 
(850; 27-42)— 'Eternally Yours' (UA) 
and 'Under-Pup' (U). Moveover 
from Paramount indicates good 
$2,700. Last week, 'Hollywood Cav- 
alcade' (20th) and 'Death Champion' 
(Par), third week, fairish $1,800. 

Coliseum (Hamrick - Evergreen) 
(1,900; 21-32)— 'Feathers' (UA) and 
'Quick Millions' (20th) (2d run). 
Expect only $2,500, slow. Last week. 
'Oz' (M-G) and 'Magnificent Fraud' 
(Par) (2d run), good $3,600. 

Fifth Avenue (Hamrick-Ever- 
green) (2,349; 27-42)— 'Jamaica Inn' 
(Par) and 'Bright Boys' (U), with 
Maureen O'Hara personal at two 
shows. Looks like $7,500. big. Last 
week (2d), 'Babes Arms' (M-G) and 
'Television Spy' (Par). $5,800, good. 

Liberty (J-vH) (1,650; 21-27-42)— 
'Mr. Smith' (Col). Heavy press cam- 
paign bringing great $8,000. Last 
week, 'Real Glory' (UA), got good 
$4,000 in second stint 

Muslo Box (Hamrick -Evergreen) 
(850; 27-42)— 'Babes Arms' (M-G) 
and March of Time. Moveover look- 
ing for great $3,500. Last week, 
'Women' (M-G), fifth week, nice 
enough, $1,600. 

Orpheum (Hamrick - Evergreen) 
(2,600; 27-42)— 'At Circus' (M-G) and 
'Lost Men' (Par) (2d wk). Fair 
$3,100 in six days. Last week, 
healthy $6,400. 

Palomar (Sterling) (1,350: 21-27- 
42)— 'Roaring Twenties' (WB) and 
vaude. Anticipate big $6,r00. Last 
week, 'Tropic Fury' (M-G) and 'Call- 1 



Montreal Has H. 0/s; 
'Babes' Good $8,000 



Montreal, Nov. 7. 
Three out of five first-runs, are 
h.o.'s currently, with biz good. 'Babes 
in Arms,' at Capitol, will lead town 
at $8,000. 'The Women,' in third 
week, still making nice money. 
Estimates for This Week 
Palace (CT) (2,700; 25-45-.55)— 
'Jamaica Inn' (Par) (2d wk). Nice 
$6,500 in sight after very nice open- 
ing week at $9,500. 

Capitol (CT) (2.700; 25-45-55)— 
'Babes Arms' (M-G). Pacing for 
good $8,000. Last week, 'Name Only' 
(RKO), fair $5,000. 

Loew's (CT) (2,800; 30-40-60)— 
'Women' (M-G) (3d wk). Pointing 
to very nice $6,000 after handsome 
$8,000 last week. 

Princess (CT) (2,300; 25-34-50)— 
'Stranger' (20th) and 'Pack Troubles' 
(20th). Sighting good enough $4,500. 
Last week, 'Rio' (U) and 'Hero Day' 
(U), fair $4,000. 

Orpheum (Ind) (1.100; 25-40-50)— 
'Real Glory' (UA) (2d wk). Should 
run to $3,000 after good $4,000 last 
week. 

Cinema de Paris (France-Film) 
(600; 25-50)— 'Louise' (9th wk). 
Shoiild get $1,000, good, after igood 
$1,200 last week. 

St. Denis (France-Film) (2,300; 25- 
34) — 'Le Heros de la Marne' and 'Le 
Prince Bouboule.' Looks like aver- 
age $6,000. Last week, 'Chateau des 
Quatre Obeses' and 'Raphael le 
Tatoue,' good $6,300. 



DURBINDOUBLES 
F0R0K8y2G 
INK.C. 



Kansas City, Nov. 7. 

New films are in every spot and 
there's a light lift in biz. 'First 
Love', in two spots, is ticking off 
nice returns and possibility for hold- 
over. Newman is soloing 'Roaring 
Twenties' against dualled 'Dust Be 
My Destiny', at Orpheum, and both 
are plugging same star Priscilla 
Lane for mild biz. 

Tower's vaudefilm policy Is devel- 
oping a clique of regular patrons and 
biz is swayed little one way or 
another, except by .an unusually big 
attraction. Weather has got around 
to its norhial seasonal chill, and 
aiding biz. 

Estimates for This Week 
Esquire and Uptown (Fox Mid- 
west) (820 and 1,200; 10-25-40)— 
'First Love' (U). Durbin tugging 
good trade from high schoolers and 
eight days' biz good at $8,500' in two 
houses. Last week, '20,000 Men' 
(20lh), lightweight $5,500. 

Midland (Loew's) (3,573: 10-25-40) 
—'At Circus' (M-G) and 'Bad Angel' 
(M-G). Marx Bros, reason for sati.s- 
factory $9,000, though under recent 
weeks. Last week, 'Mr. Smith' (Col) 
and 'Grey Walls' (Col), brought big 
$13,000. 

Newman (Paramount) (1,900: 10- 
25-40)— 'Roaring Twenties' (WB). 
Cagney-Lane plugging for okay 
$7,000 and holds. Last week, 'Dis- 
puted Passage' (Par), got same 
figure. 

Orpheum (RKO) (1,500; 10-25-40) 
— 'Du.st Be My Destiny' (FN) and 
'Three Sons' (RKO). Garfield-Lane 
pushed here, putting Lane girl on 
two marquees at same time. Fair 
$6,000. Last week, 'Nurse Cavell' 
(RKO) and 'Bookie Wept' (RKO), 
$8,500, medium; . 

Tower (Joffee) (2.050; 10-25)— 
'Rio' (U) screen with 'Parisian Gay- 
eties' stage show. Patronage more 
or less the same here, but lightened 
a bit this week, fair $5,800. Last 
week. 'Hawaiian Nights' (U) screen 
\Yith 'Black and White' revue on 
stage, average $6,000. 



San Francisco, Nov. 7 
.The holdovers this week are do- 
ing better business than several new 
shows on the main stem. 'Mr. Smith 
Goes to Washington,' in second week 
at Orpheum. will be over the terrific 
$15,500 take during its first stanza 
Another whooper-upper is 'Babes iii 
Arms,' which is still going strong 
in its third stint at the Warfleld. 

Newcomers unable to buck the 
potent pulling power of 'Smith' and 
'Babes' include ''20.000 Men a Year ' 
at Fox, and 'Espionage Agent,' at 
Paramount, 

EsUmales lor This Week 

Fox (F-WC) (5,000; 30-40)— '20,000 
Men' (20th) and 'Main Street Law- 
yer* (Rep). Don't expect to g.nrncr 
more th.in $14,000, which is n.s.g. 
Last week, 'Roaring Twenties' (WB) 
and 'No Place Go' (WB), wound up 
with fairish $15,000. 

Golden Gate (RKO) (2.850; 35-.S5) 
—•Day Bookies Wept' (RKO) and 
vaude. Doing much better than ex- 
pected, although $13,500 is far from 
important money. Last week. 'Rio' 
(U) and vaude, sad $10,000. 

Orpheum (F&M) (2,440; 35-55)— 
'Mr. Smith' (Col) and 'Five Little 
Peppers' (Col) (2d wk). Tariff has 
been upped from 40 to 55c at night. 
Smart ballyhoo in connection with 
the possibility of the picture being 
removed from the screen. Second 
week's $16,000 is a scorcher, beating 
opening week's terrific $15,500. 

Paramount (F-WC) (2,740; 30-40) 
—'Espionage Agent' (WB) and 'Law 
Pampas' (Par). Warm weather and 
absence of marquee names aren't 
helping this pair any. Will have to 
be content with mild $11,000. La.tt 
week, 'Disnuted Passage' (Par) and 
•E.scape' (20th), same. 

SL Francis (F-WC) (1.470; 30-40) 
—■Roaring Twenties' (WB) and 'No 
Place Go' (WB) (2d wk). Moveover 
from Fox. Good $5,500 in sight. 
Last. week. 'Circus' (M-G) and 'Fast 
Furious' (M-G) (2d wk), good .'S5.00O. 

UniUd Artists (Cohen) (1.200; .')5< 
55-75)— 'Intermezzo' (UA) (2d wk). 
Will get n.g. $5..500 on last sUinza. 
Last week, way off at $6,000. 

Warfleld (F-WC) (2.680: 30-40)— 
'Babes Arms' (M-G) and 'Television 
Spy' (Par) (3d wk). Third week's 
take of $8,000 Is better than .some of 
the figures credited to piolures in 
their first stanza at the Warfleld. 
Last week, $11,000, big. 



mg Marines' (Rep), plus Jimmie 
Grier's orch, only fair $5,100, 

Paramount (Haimrick - Evergreen) 
(3,039; 27-42) — 'Disouted Passage' 
(Par) and "Touchdown' (Par). Looks 
like possible $5,700, good. Last week, 
'Eternally Yours' (UA) and 'Under- 
Pup' (U), $5,800, big. 

Roosevelt (Sterling) (800; 21-32)— 
'Full Confession' (RKO) and 'Kid 
Nightingale' (WB). Indicate only 
$2,500. fair. Last week, 'On Toes' 
(WB) three days o.: second week, 
slow $800. 

Winter Garden (Sterling) (800; 16- 
32)— 'Star Maker' (Par) and 'Stole 
Million' (U) (2d run). See only 
$1,900, slow. Last week, 'Old Maid' 
(WB) and 'Million dollar Legs' 
(Par), second run, $2,000, mild. 



Cagney-Lane, $3,400, 

Best in Cold Lincoln 

Lincoln, Nov. 7. 

'Roaring Twenties' looks best, but 
most of the theatres are taking it 
slowly this week. Change in the 
weather, a colder wave setting in, 
plus the fact that It was the second 
weekend with the Nebraska football 
team out of town (Missouri), pushed 
most citizens closer to the fireside. 
'Golden Boy' is disappointing, show- 
ing no signs of a sprint. 

Estimates for This Week 

Colonial (NTI- Noble - Monroe) 
(750; 10-15)— 'Wall Street Cowboy' 
(Rep) and 'Almost Gentleman* 
(RKO). split with 'Girl Rio' (Mono) 
and 'Kongo* (Col). Fairi.sh $700. 
Last week, 'Crashing Thru' ((irit) 
and 'Convict' (Rep), split with 'Sky 
Patrol' (Mono) and 'Rookie Cop' 
(RKO), $800. fair. 

Liberty (NTI-Noble-Federer) (1.- 
000; 10-25-30) — 'Eternally Yours* 
(UA). Moved over after Var.^ily 
week. FSir $li400. Last week, 'Big 
House* (Mono) and 'Saint London' 
(RKO). so-so $1,300. 

Lincoln (LTC-Cooper) (1.600; 10- 
20-25)— 'Bookies Wept' (RKO) and 
'On Trial* (WB), split with '20.000 
men' (20th) and 'News Night' (20th). 
Average. $2,000. Last week, 'Black- 
mail' (M-G) and 'Moto' (20th), split 
with 'Pack Troubles' (20th) and 
N. Y. Sleeps* (20th), 10-day run, $3,- 
200, slimmish. 

Nebraska (LTC-Cooper) (1.236; 
10-25-40)— 'Roaring Twenties* (WB). 
Probably will do best, around $3,400, 
okay. Last week, 'At Circus' (M-G ), 
got $3,200, all right 

Stuart (LTC-Cooper) (1.900; 10-25- 
35)— 'Disputed Passage' (Par). Sur- 
prisingly good at $3,900. Last week, 
•Cavell' (RKO), weakie at $2,600. 

Varsity (NTI-Nobel-Federcr) (1,- 
JOO; 10-25-35)— 'Golden Boy' (Col). 
Fair $2,400. Last week, 'Eternally 
Yours' (UA). Went to $2,900, oke, 
and moved to Liberty, 

Wyler Pilots Town' 

Hollywood, Nov. 7. 

William Wyler gets the director- 
ship on 'Our Town,' Sol Lesser's fir.^t 
production for United Artists release. 

Film is Wyler's outside job per- 
mitted by his contract with Samuel 
Goldwyn. 



SLOT MACHINE EXPOSE 

. Hollywood, Nov. 7. 

Slot machine racket gets an airing 
in the next 'Crime Does Not Pny" 
picture at Metro. 

Roy Rowland is directing. 



Wednesday, November 8, 1939 



VARIETY 



11 



TODAY 

Special M-G-M Flash! 




Radio City Music Hall gets the 
Lubitsch touch Tomorrow I 




"Balalaika" means Wine, 
Women and Song! 




NEW YORK, N.Y.— The suspense is terrific! The eyes of the 
nation are on New York! GARBO'S "NINOTCHKA" goes 
into the Music Hall tomorrow. Scarcely a man, woman 
or child in all America who hasn't read in newspapers or 
magazines or heard over the air about M-G-M's delicious 
comedy. Keep building up the enthusiasm for your play^date. 
Tell them that "NINOTCHKA" has now been selected by the 
world's largest theatre for the World Premiere. It's smart to 
whet their appetite yhen you have such an eagerly- awaited 
entertainment! Never has there been such a build-up for any 
picture! Keep Them Hotchka for "Ninotchka"! 

POMONA, CAL.— The greatest musical that M-G-M or any 
company ever made was sneak-previewed here this weefc. The 
picture is "BALALAIKA." It is Nelson Eddy's best role since 
"Naughty Marietta" and it launches a glamorous personality 
in Ilona Massey. Audience reaction tremendous! 

CULVER CITY, CAL.— A second Preview group has returned 
to the M-G-M Studios confirming the exciting reaction to last 
week's sneak showing of William Powell and Myrna Loy in 
"ANOTHER THIN MAN." The opening flash on the screen 
of these two popular stars literally brought down the house. 
The applause was deafening. And now the Preview Post- 
Cards are pouring in. Seldom have so many -been received by 
the Studio. The overwhelming opinion of the fans is that 
"ANOTHER THIN MAN" is the best of the entire series. 
Following immediately after the sensational Preview of 
"BALALAIKA" at Pomona and in view of M-G-M's succes- 
sion of hits, this new triumph has set the Film Colony buzz- 
ing with talk. Out here the tip-off is "Watch Leo— M-G-M 
is on the march!" 



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• St. Maitln'a PkiM, Trafalpir Hqoar* 



INTERNATIONAL 



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BRmSH FILM INDUSTRY TENDS TO BE 
MONOPOLISTIC, SAY THE LABORTTES 



Not Only Do GB, Assoc. British, Odeon Control Key 
1st Runs, But Another Group Heads 2 Largest 
Studios — Banking Interests Involved 



London, Oct. 22. 

According to laborite claims, tend- 
ency in the British picture industry 
is toward merging of important 
groupings to bring them under a 
single control. 

Not only do the three large cir- 
cuits, Gaumont-British, Associated 
British (Maxwell) and Odeon, con- 
trol the majority ot kej first-run 
theatres throughout the country, 
with a G.B.-Odeon link a never-ab- 
sent probability, but on the produc- 
tion side a group of interests controls 
the two largest studios and has en- 
sured that a third will not be used 
in competition against them. Last 
reference is the merger of Denham 
and Piniewood, plus the independent 
action of J, Arthur Rsnk in buying 
into the Amalgamated outfit to pre- 
vent it from going into John Max- 
well's hands. 

According to an analysis issued by 
the Association of Cine-Technicians, 
from which above /acts are^ quoted, 
the studio merger alone represents 
a vast pooling of financial resources. 
One direct result is that for months 
not a single production took the floor 
at Pinewood, and hundreds of per- 
sons-, • previously more or less per- 
manently employed, got the gate. As 
regards Amalgamated, press state- 
ments attribute to Rank a policy of 
not employing its stages so long as 
there is no pressure on space at 
Denham or Pinewood. That E. H. 
,Lever, a member of the board of D. 
& P. Studios, is joint secretary of 
the Prudential Assurance Co., is 
seen by the association as a striking 
demonstration of the close bbnd be- 
tween the 'City' (London's Wall 
street) and the industry. 

V. S. Dfstrlbs Are Factors 

Dependence of British producers 
on American distributors is held a 
lurther factor in turning the business 
into a huge trust. AU major produc- 
tion here, says labor, is backed by 
contracts with Americans, r.nd inde- 
pendence of British production is 
largely illusory — 'in point of fact, it 
is simply, a branch of Hollywood.' 
As evidence, it is shown how, of 162 
British features registered in 1938, 
118 were distributed by the nine ma- 
jors, of which seven are Americans. 
U. S. release through one of these 
distribs is essential if production 
costs are to be fully amortized on 
big-scale pictures. 

Proof of tendency of big business 
to sew up the entire industry is sur- 
veyed thus: 

Pinewood, Denham and Amalga- 
mated are under a single control; 
closely linked with them is British & 
Dominions, which owns shares in 
Pinewood and nominates six mem- 
bers of the board. 

Rank, director of D. & P. (which 
governs Denham and Pinewood) and 
boss of Amalgamated, is on the board 
of General Cinema Finance Corp., 
vhich controls General Films, 
Charles M. Woolf's distrib outfit. 
Rank is also chairman of Legeran 
Films, which will produce for Gen- 
er.'l Films release, and also on the 
board of which are Woolf, Zoltan 
Korda (brother of Alex), Barrington 
Gain and Harold BoxalL 

Further, General Films is closely 
linked with GB, which, in turn, has 
been concerned in negotiations for a 
merger with Odeon Tl.eatres. Rank 
and L. W. Farrow, directors of Gen- 
eral Cinema, have both joined the 
Odeon board. Ramii.catlohs of Gen- 
eral Cinema in the 'City' are sug- 
gested by disclosures that five mem- 
bers of the board hold 75 director- 
ships in big-scale financial and in- 
dustrial undertakings. ' 

GB Interests 

GB interests include studios at 
Shepherds Bush and Gainsborough 
(concerned in production deals for 
General Films release), plus GB 
News, Baird Television, GB Instruc- 
tional, GB Equipments, Bush Radio 
and British Acoustics. Through this 
link U.S. affiliation is secured 
through 20th-Fox interest in GB, 
which, it is emphasized, . supplies 
quota product for 20th, or, at least, 
did so until ^outbreak of the war. 

Second main group concerned is 
Vaxwell's Associated British and its 



many ramifications, which also can- 
not be regarded as separate from the 
other main web since Maxwell's bid 
to grasp control of GB. 

'Film business being big business 
means . we can expect still more 
mergers,' the association warns the 
workers, 'and it is by no means un- 
likely the companies involved in the 
two main categories listed above'will 
be brought still closer together with 
a view to establishing one single, 
unified control of the whole indus- 
try. Such a policy may appear emi- 
nently satisfactory to the stockhold- 
ers, but will hardly inspire iany great 
enthusiasm among the employees.' 



WAR LAGS, COL 
RESUMES BRIT. 
PRODUCTION 



War-Time London 



London, Oct. 22. 
Clemence Dane, whose recent book, 
'The Arrogant History of White Ben,' 
is becoming a bestseller, offered her 
services to the Ministry of Informa- 
tion, and was given job as telephon- 
ist. 



'Under Your Hat,' the Lee Eph- 
raim-Jack Hulbert-Cicely Court- 
neidge musical, in at the Opera 
House, Blackpool, for two weeks 
with option of another two, grossed 
$6,500 in first week. 



Rigoletto Bros., unable to get out 
of Sweden, have rented a house 
there. Eddy Gordon is also stuck 
there. 



Hollywood, Nov. 7. 
Columbia is planning a resumption 
of film production in England within 
three weeks, with the departure of 
Irving Asher for New York on 
Thursday (9)* to consult with Jack 
Cohn. 

Idea is to revise Asher's six-pic- 
ture contract to coincide with the 
changed British production situation. 
To date Asher has completed three of 
the six pictures required by the con- 
tract. They are 'Clouds Over Eu- 
rope,' 'U-Boat 39' and '10 Days in 
Paris.' 



Joseph Friedman, Columbia Pic- 
tures managing director in Great 
Britain, arrived in New York last 
week for confabs with Joseph Mc- 
Conville, foreign chief, and home of- 
fice executives. He was accompanied 
by Mrs. Friedman, and they have 
gone to the Coast to visit their fami- 
ly prior to starting back for London 
around Nov. 15. 

Possibilities of resuming produc- 
tion in Great Britain and under what 
circumstances were discussed as 
Friedman gave first-hand knowledge 
of present conditions there. It is 
possible that Friedman will return on 
the same boat with Irving Asher it 
plans to start up production again 
carry through. 



'The Lion Has Wings,' the Alexan- 
der Korda propaganda picture, to 
which the government subscribed 
$50,000, cost $150,000. Has footage 
of 7,000 feet and three directors, 
Michael Powell, Brian Desmond 
Hurst and Ian Dalrymple, besides 
Korda, who lent a hand occasionally. 
Picture will be rushed by plane to 
New York. 



With the Old Masters tucked 
away in vaults. The National Gal- 
lery gives lunch-hour and afternoon 
concerts daily. 



2 NEW LONDON 
SHOWS; 1 OKAY 



London, Nov. 7. 
'French for Love,' a nebulous com- 
edy that was well played, was one 
of two new shows to come into the 
West End during the past week. 
The other was "Runaway Love,' a 
musical. 

'French' showed possibilities as 
wartime entertainment in its pre- 
miere last Tuesday night (31) at 
the Criterion, , while 'Runaway' 
showed itself to be unoriginal and 
consequently only a short stayer at 
the Saville, where it opened Friday 
night (3). 



UA Distrib's Mexer 

United Artists ha.s acquired rights 
to distribute the Spanish-language 
feature, 'La Justicia de Pancho Villa,' 
in all Latin-American countries, in- 
cluding Mexico. 

Film was made by the Guz Aguila 
Films in Mexico. 



Over-Emphasis on S.AvMarket By U.S. 
Can Only Redound Against H wood 



Any hope by American producers 
of compensating for their European 
war losses by increasing their mar- 
ket in South America is based en- 
tirely on misinformation, Walter 
Gould. Latin-American salesmanager 
for United Artists, declared Mon- 
day (6). 

Having been raised in South 
America and having just recently 
returned from a lengthy tour of the 
continent, he decried American 
execs who 'go down there for three 
days, see the entire market from a 
hotel room and come back with 
hopeful speeches which they blow off 
for whoever will listen.' 

Gould declared the market south 
of the equator is just as adequately 
covered as that in North America, 
and the chances of increasing sales 
there- are exactly the same as those 
here. Only tilt that can be expected 
is a natural gradual one as popula- 
tion grows and wealth increases. 

That the war may up the national 
income of some South American 
countries was admitted by Gould, but 
it has had no effect as yet and can't 
be expected to for some time. This 
continent will be more favorably 
affected in shorter lime than S. A., 
he maintained. 

There is also little reason for op- 
timism as far as hope ,ot taking 
markets left dry by stoppage of 



European production, Gould said. 
He declared French films were the 
only, ones that meant anything at 
all and their market wasn't large. 
Spanish pix used to do well, but 
they have been cut off since the start 
of the civil war in that country; 
German films have had no important 
income for six to eight years; Eng- 
lish pix account for nothing and 
Italian output has only a small fol- 
lowing. 

As on this continent, Gould said, 
what counts is the film itself. A 
picture like 'Mr. Smith Goes to 
Washington,' no matter how well 
received here, is meaningless down 
there. Similarly sophisticated com- 
edy are not worth their salt. Ac- 
tion is what is liked, big grossers 
being 'Prisoner ot Zenda,' 'Iron 
Mask,' 'Gunga Din' and 'Four Feath- 
ers.' 

To expect that the South American 
market can be better sold ('exploited' 
is a horrid word in S. A., according 
to Gould) is tantamount to accusr 
ing companies presently of not do- 
ing a good job there, which is en- 
tirely false, he said. 

He also warned that the more hul- 
labaloo the American companies 
make about the importance to them 
of the Latin-American market, the 
more taxes they can expect to pay, 
as such things are watched closely 
by these comparatively poor nations. 



Must Readjust Britisli Film % 



One of the several headaches handed foreign departments by the 
European war is the complex dislocation of the picture theatre draw- 
ing population in England. Rush of residents away from London to 
nearby coyntry spots where they would be less likely to be hit by 
bombers has so badly cluMered up potential patronage that new per- 
centage deals will have to be set up as soon as they can be worked 
out satisfactorily with exhibitors in Great Britain. 

Typical example of this situation is the small city of Brighton, sea- 
side resort community of London. Business has been unusually strong 
at cinemas In this city, but distributors have' suffered because per- 
centage deals were set according to anticipated normal populace. With 
so many people moving en masse from London to Brighton, this has 
hurt both in London and also at the seaside community. It has meant 
that the terrific business enjoyed has been on small .percentage deals 
while the better deals in London have suffered comparably because 
attendance has been off. 

This also has happened in other localities. What will happen, in the 
opinion of trade observers, is a complete- realignment of percentage 
deals to exhibitors if the war continues and there is no further shifting 
in population. 



U.$; Willing to Continue Quota Prod. 
In England But Quality Clause Must 
Be Eliminated for Duration of War 



REPORTED NAZI B.O. 
BOOM SURPRISES BIZ 



Coincident with reports that the 
stoppage of film production in Ger- 
many, France and Italy promises to 
open up a lot of playing time to 
American pictures were cabled ad- 
vices received in New York that 
business was booming in Germany's 
picture theatres. Film officials were 
unable to account for the upswing 
at the boxoffice in Berlin, Munich, 
Vienna and other Nazi cities, all the 
more amazing in face of dropping 
biz in Great Britain and France. 

Few picture executives look for 
any upswing in South Africa and 
other countries not directly involved 
in Europe's war for several months, 
or until an actual shortage of Nazi, 
French, British and Italian pictures 
develops. 



Italy in New Step 
To Resume Yank 
Picture Relations 



Further inkling of a more favor- 
able attitude towards the American 
film industry by the Italian govern- 
ment was revealed last week in a 
direct Italian inquiry regarding U. S. 
film stock. The Italian government 
cabled the Hays office inquiring as 
to how much film Eastman Kodak 
could supply Italian producers in the 
next two years. 

The U. S. film industry is inclined 
to view this as another step to- 
wards re-establishing relationships 
with it in Italy. In New York home- 
offices and with Haysians this new- 
est ae"!velopment is attributed to no- 
ticeable cooling of relationship be- 
tween Italy and Germany, brought 
to light in the recent Mussolini cabi- 
net shakeup which saw pro-Nazi 
officials transferred to lesser posi- 
tions. 

Heretofore, Italian producers ob- 
tained part of their picture stock 
from German film manufacturers. 
Fact that Italy made inquiry as to 
supply of stock is taken to mean in 
picture circles that the Nazi source 
is to be disregarded in the future. 
The trade believes this and other 
gestures indicated the Italian govern- 
ment will ease restrictions against 
American distribs in prospect of lat- 
terTcturning to Italian distribution. 
The Yank majors quit Italy on Jan. 1 
when a government monopoly went 
into effect there. Back of the cam- 
paign to get American pictures to 
return to Italy is a critical product 
situation. Even with upped produc- 
tion in Italy, only 30 more features 
than usual can be produced this sea- 
son, or 100 in all. Italian theatres 
are described as needing at least 250 
features per year, which means that 
150 have to be imported. With 
British. French, German and Polish 
production hampered, the only 
strong screen fare remaining, aside 
from native features, would have to 
come from the U. S. 

Reported yesterday (Tuesday) 
that several major companies this 



While British producers in Lon- 
don are exerting every means to 
have the quota law retained in Great 
Britain, U.- S. distributors and rep- 
resentatives are bitterly opposed to 
such production under existing con- 
ditions and the way. the law now 
reads. Present drive of American 
companies is to have the quality 
clause in the Quota Act repealed so 
that less expensive films can be 
made, and to get a reduction in per- 
centage requirements. Presently it 
is 20% and they think it !;hould be 
halved or reduced at least 30%. 

Although British producers claim 
that studio facilities are available 
and should be used, Ihcy have di.s-. 
played little desire to risk coin in 
financing production. This would 
be left to American companies, 
which have footed most of the pro- 
duction bill during the last nine 
months or longer. 

As quota law regulations now 
stand, there would be no a.<!surance 
that a feature, once started, would 
be completed with the same person- 
nel. Attitude of American com- 
panies also is that if they go in for 
quality production, they want the 
best scripters, directors and several 
name stars who mean something at 
the world boxoffice. This means 
American talent. 

All aver that they would be un- 
able to get such U. S. technicians, 
scripters or stars to work under war 
conditions for any length of time, • 
particularly, if subject to air raids. 
Furthermore, American companies 
would not want to risk endangering 
their properties or personnel. There 
also is the question ot whether suffi- 
cient number of capable British 
players and .studio employees could 
be excused from war duty to turn 
out a steady stream of product. 
Only Logical Solution 

The only logical solution, accord- 
ing to best opinion in the Amcric.nn 
trade, is to eliminate the quality 
clause of the Quota Act. This would 
appease labor interests, keep produc- 
tion running along but, at the same 
time, would not mean such a heavy 
outlay for production costs. 

Virtually all name producers and 
much screen talent recently active 
in England now is in Hollywood. 
Same is true of the production rep- 
resentatives for American companies 
in Great Britain, only Bob Kane 
(20th-Fox) remaining. He is reported 
still trying to find a solution of the 
knotty quota problem as are other 
U. S. companies. 

The last picture turned out for 
quota law credits was 'The Thief 
of Bagdad,'^ and United Artists 
(Korda) had some difficulty getting 
that finished becau.sc of loss of per- 
sonnel. 

The second year of the British 
Quota Law became effective April 1 
when the percentage requirements 
were raised from 157o to 20%. 



week were bringing pressure both 
through industry channels and via 
Washington, looking toward an ami- 
cable resumption of relations in 
Italy. Picture companies want to 
dislodge their rental coin, collected 
in months just prior to leaving Italy, 
which has been frozen in that coun- 
try ever since. Understood that the 
aid of the U. S. Department of Com- 
merce has been enlisted in this ef- 
fort to outline the film industry's 
attitude toward Italy. 



Vcdncsday, November 8, 1939 



VARIETY 



IS 



THE HOHEST NAME 
IN SHOW BUSINESS 

IS HEADED YOUR WAY! 



KAr KYSER and all his 

radio stars . . . witb tlie choicest 
bunch of big picture names you ever 
spilled over a marquee ... in a laugh- 
swing-story sensation that'll pack 'em 
into your theatre until the fire de- 
partment yells ''Stop!" 

KAY KY sen 

kHE 019 PMfESSOn HIMSEIF 




u 



VARIETY 



FILM REVIEWS 



Wednesday, November 8, 1939 



n...«,.> A1nn<T tho Mnhflwlr •■=»r<?nKth alonR entcrlainmcnt lines in 
Lfrums Along tne monaWK highlinhtins numerous bits of busi- 
(COI/OR) ness to make vhem prominently 

'.lull Ti iiiiiry-i''iix ivii>nHo of n.umoii-i hviman episodes. 
<;iiiiiiii iiitMiuiiinii. .■iiiiiH ciauOi'iii' I'll!.- j„ providing Miss Durbin with 

n!:.;''''iJr'^;om;;s;='i.tnr":;m,!f;!;:;: 'l^i^ ' ^ Ursl rom»nce and kiss sujry 
i v .j„iii> 1-ui.i. j-.uK.-.i .Ml n.,vi-i ..1 , makes no pretentions to provide any- 
Kjiiiii. niiini' by W;iiiiT 1). Kiiinoiuis; n.i:iii- : thinfi more than a modernized ver- 



\j,inar Tioiii ami sonyft '•'•>;i<-n; sion' o( thc Cinderella tale. The Side 
i;;;;r'^,"Vl^^'r'V,r"i!::;i '?:r"3r"'ii;: . Uaeked poor relation . meetm. 

Id iiii: mm-: io:< MiNS. " i Prince Charming at a gala ball, tlu 

..(■lauiictto C'liii-ii lost slipper, and edict to be home by 
■ KVfna^u^ lmvo"r midnlKhU are all presc.it. It^ easily 
: . KO.iie (^'mn^ rcco,eni:dable, but rcfreshmj; in mod- 



l.iiiin I M:i^ li'lliu:! ) 
Cill-l-i'l .Mal'Un. . . . 
.Miy. Mt-Kli'iinar, , 
I'lini'liaii UimII... 

r:iM». II 

.Mai> i;<iill 

Mis \\i-:.\fr 

It'i V. Ui'-ii-akraul/. 

.Iiibti \\ ravel-. . 

i:i'n. .\i\-liiila.>« lU'i'klnicr. 

.Ii..- Iluli.-.. 

.-\tli.iii III Inn I- . 

Mrs. 1 1< iiiiikI h 

111-. I r 1 V 

l.iin<ll>.i.l 



..\i-lhur Phii-lil.s : 
. . .KoliiTl l.imory 

llii.icor Inilluf • 

. ....Franria I-'nnl 

VVai.l lli.iiil 

Kay l.liialli-i- 

, .j:ii"si-ll SI.-iii'M.ii 
. .<|ti'in-or I'llarlci-i* 



, .Jiihn Cariaiiiiic , crhizcd dre.-is and wholesomely 
.l)(iirl8 Uiiwilan • pf,j,pp,i„ji ^vj(|, Mi.<s Durbin dc- 
...jiNSBli! liaiiih sentimental lirst love on the 

screen. 

OpcninR with Mi,>:s Durbin gradu- 
nlinp from an elite .<;(-huol in New 
York. Ilic poor and orphaned niece 
o£ » lycoiin ( Pallettc). ' she- arrives 
home lo be snubbed. by socialite aunt 

' (Lealrice Joy) and publicity-hunting 

A besl-sellcr ot a few years ago. ; gi,^,.^,,,. |o the nii;M clubs. 

'Drums Along the Mohawk' has coj,sin Helen Parrish. When HagKCd 
been brought lo the screen in a ' going to the ball, the servants 
lailhful and expansive transcription I j,.,„jj on Miss Durbin's side, pro- 
with ibe names of Claiidette Colbert n.j£ji„g ^ith necessary gown and 
and Henry Konda as contributing \^.,.;,p foi- the event. She meets 
bo.NOffice draught. The Walter D. |p,.inc^ Charming iRobert Stack), 
Edmonds' novel reached a large au- , i^^^^ h^,. slipper at midnight, and 
dience, as the picture should. Be- g^-enlually w-ins the' rich boy friend 
cause ot its background, the book s ■ i,^ follows her back to school 

popularity, the Colbert-Fonda names, | ^,,1, ,^,5 clipper as his key. 
and the elaborate production pro- i j„ swinging into the sub-deb pe- 
vided by Raymond Griffith, with ^.-^^^ j^-^^^ Durbin has lost none of 
John Ford directing, 'Drums ^merits youthful freshness and charm, 
top-bracket allocation, though it is ^our .tongs— all well known— are 
not in the smash division. , , , : spotted to drop in proper slots with- 
Having great sweep and colorful , difliculty or slowing down the 



backgrounding, with the- photog- 
raphy unusually good, the picture is 
an outdoor spectacle which highly 
pleases the eye even if the story, on 
occasion, gets a bit slow and some 
incidents fail to excite. On the other 
hand, there are some highlights such 
BE Arthur Shields' pulpit scene, a 



p^ce. Numbers include 'Home 
Sweet Home,' 'Amapola,' 'Spring in 
My Heart', and 'One Fine Day.' First 
two are rather brief in footage, lat- 
ter pair given lengthy recitals in ex- 
cellent production settings. 'Spring 
in My Heart,' from Johann Strauss 
walt-/.e.<;. adaptation by H. J. Salter 



•^r^..*?! l.^l"',i21SVif ;„ Z and lyrics by Ralph Freed, is splen 



the run. with redskins in pursuit, is 
a sequence toward the end that pro- 
vides one of the big thrills, whereas 
some of the battle scenes lack com- 
plete conviction and Fonda's recital 
of a fight he survived grows tire- 
some, as done. He tells the story i 
almost without emotion as Miss Col- 
bert dresses his wounds. 

Uninvited giggles are drawn in 
spots, such as when an Indian 
stalks into a cabin, looking around 
for something, and when Miss Col- 
bert suddenly says, 'I'm going home.' 
At another point a baby is heard to 
cry. while the action suggests it was 
a calf. At the close, when Indians 
are storming the gates of a fort, a 



didly rendered by Miss Durbm. 'One 
Fine Day,' from Puccini's 'Madame 
Butterfly' is sung in Englisf^lor the 
finale. 

Newcomer Robert Stack is the de- 
liverer of Miss Durbin's first screen 
kiss. He handles the role of the 
rich boy in acceptable fashion. Helen 
Parrish's delineation of the glamour 
girl is a close sketch ot the annual 
candidate for the top position in the 
New York cafe society polls and 
magazine pages. I^ewis Howard has 
the role of an indolent and lazy son 
of wealth, and is given little more to 
do than loll and sprawl. 
Two former stars of silent pictures 



Miniatnre Reviews 



'Drums Along the Mohawk' 

(20lh). Outdoor spec in color, 
starring Henry Fonda and Clau- 
dette Colbert. A top-bracketcr. 

•First I.ove* (U). A top-brack- 
etcr for general audiences in 
keys and subsequent.'!, and will 
maintain strong Durjjin b.o. pace. 

•Kcmcmber?' (M-G). Robert 
Taylor, Cirecr Garson and Lew 
Ayres provide b.o. power for ro- 
mance with farcical sidelights. 

'Allegheny UprlsinB* (RKO). 
Early American historical meller 
okay for youngsters, but defi- 
cient as important first run. 

'Blondle Brings Up Baby' 
(Col). Further amusing adven- 
ures of Blondie and Dagwobd, 
suitable for dual support and 
family trade. 

'Main Street Lawyer' (Rep). 
Good cast and direction, but 
story relegates it to the duals. 

'Nancy Drew and the Hidden 
Staircase' (WB). Bonita Gran- 
ville in another of the pop series. 
Okay for juve and matinee 
trade. 

The Escape' (20th). Poor story 
and nameless cast make it suit- 
able only as a supporter. 

'One Hour Ip Live' (U). Poor 
jgangster melfer featuring Charles 
Bickford and Doris Nolan. 

'Our Neighbors — the Carters' 
(Par). Wholesome tale of small 
town family neatly set up as pro- 
gramer for the family trade. 

'Over the Mooh' .(UA). Alex- 
ander Korda production, starring 
•Merle Oberon, - that should get 
by on its names. 

'Gone to the bogs' (Cine). 
Australian-made comedy, star-, 
ring Geo. Wallace, limited to na- 
tives. 



gun is sTt UP at closTrange and i, are prominent in support, teatrice 
aarg1djust\Vthe d<5o\ fs%Cwn returns after, long absence as 



open, knocking off a flock of Cen- 
tral Casting members. That draws 
a chuckle, also. 

While the backgrounding is beau- 
tiful, as photoged by Bert Glennon, 
it doesn't always look like the Mo 



the socialite aunt, is more concerned 
with astrology than in running her 
home. Jack Mulhall does capably as 
the family chaufTeur. Pallette is the 
gruff uncle who softens under the 
Durbin personality to finally tell off 



hawk Valley (upsUte New York) ^j* if'^i'^ J^^^^^^J^' „^'""J' 
region with wheat fields, evergreens, 
bie bi/ches. etc., as atmosphere. 

The Edmonds' story deals with 
farming pioneers of the Mohawk 
Valley sector ' at the time of the 
Revolutionary war, -with Indian ter- 
ror and English intrigue, plus hard- 
ship, testing the stamina of the col- 
onists. It ends on hoisting of the 
first American flag. Romance of 
Fonda and Miss Colbert, who have 
married and are forging ahead to 
new frontiers, has pull. Although 
Fonda is sometimes lacking as ro 



is seen briefly as a tough cop. 

In unfolding a familiar story. Hos- 
ier keeps direction moving deftly to 
the ultimate conclusion, catching 
many humanly interesting episodes 
for inclusion along the way. Picture 
has been given lop production 
mounting throughout. 

REMEMBER:? 

Hollywood. Nov. I. 

Mi-tro-Galilwyn-Mayer Velrnse of Mlllon 
Bi-f:» pru<lu<-tlun. ylara Robert Taylor. 



romance whips up to point where 
Miss Garson and Taylor decide to 
marry. Taylor's business affairs con- 
tinually- postpone the event, until a 
speed cop escorts them to a justice 
of the peace. Business overshadows 
romance and a honeymoon, until in- 
terlocutory decree is granted the 
wife. Faithful standby, Ayres mixes 
a newly - concocted memory - loss 
drug in couple's drinks. Pair meet 
the second time — fall in love — and 
are remarried before the drug wears 
off. 

Climax comes suddenly, with an 
abruptness and intended dialog 
laugh that is confusing. After the 
second marriage, with the trio cele- 
brating with cocktails, Miss Garson 
turns to Taylor and Says, 'I'm going 
to have a baby.'. Then the fadeout. 
It's too fast for ' general audiences, 
who walk out wondering whether 
she's still suffering from loss of mem- 
ory, or pulling a casual wisecrack. 

Use of the lost-memory drug situa- 
tion for dramatic motivation is ques- 
tionable; and such mechanics in pic- 
tures always steer through danger- 
ous territory. As explained, the po- 
tion is not medically approved, nor 
has it been extensively researched. 

Billie Burke provides a standard 
characterization as the fl.utery 



manlic male lead, he gives a good, | (irerr uai-wui. i.tw Ayres: reaiureR liiiiie 
steady performance in the main, nui-ke. HtKinaiii Owi-n, r.ioi-ce Hariiier. 
MiM Prilhprt lonkin? beautiful in I'y -NiM-inan /.. .McJ.cticl. Original 

, u ij V '°°''i'>^ ° S „i 4il" al"ry and ..<icini.lay l.y Giir.y Ford and 
color, holds her audience firmly the I ,M,.|,„„|. <.„n,er«. <ieorse Foisey: ediior. 

whole distance. For comedy relief ; iiaroid f. Kre»». previfwod «t wosiwooii . _ -.^ „ . 

there is Edna May Oliver plus less- 1 viiinee, Nov. i. '»u. itunnint; time, »-z 1 motner 01 Miss Garson. with Regin- 
ers. Supoorting cast infludes Eddie '>!.5>";i„„.,„„ I aid Owen a stern father. Halliwell 

Colliils. John Carradine (excellent , "i,i,„,.i ni;,n„„;;;::;:'.;;:;;;'.'..urr(-r Garson 

ns an Englishman inciting Indians .sky a muii r.ow .xyi-cn 

to scalping), Dorris Bowdon. .Tessic 1 Mrs. iii-onnon Jiiiiio nurke 

Ralph, Robert Lowery and _Ro^er I 



Imhof. 



ChttT. 



FlRiST LOVE 

(WITH SONGS) 

Hollywood, No^. 



1. I 

llnlvei-jiRl releiinc ot Honry KoRlor- Joseph ! 
FfiHiirniik proilu^-lloii. siarA Deanna Jiurbln. | 
Dli-oi-lcil liy Henry KoHler. Screenplay- liy j 
Brure .Mannlni; and I.;lonel Mauser; t^mnra, | 
JoNi-pli \'aleniine: editor. Ilernard Iliirlon; : 
■HHl. (ilrerlor. Frank Shnw; aongs arranReil 
by H. .1. Salter and Ralph Freed. Prevlewnl 
at Fanlnges Oct. 31, 'i'J. Running time. 
84 .MINS. 



Jitflse .Mllllken Henry 'rravem 

.Mr. I'lpir Ulrhar.r Carle 

.Mrs. 4'arruthri'H I.hiira Hope f'rewa 

.Miss WilsMii .*^am Hadcn 

1)1-. Si'hiiililt Slg Rumann 

Kiill.r Malllvvell Hoblies 

1*iilli-einun Paul Hurat 



Hobbes as a butler, and Paul Hurst, 
as a speed cop, are most prominent 
in support. 



Allegheny Uprising 

RKO releow of P. .1. Wolffon produetlon. four-year-old. 



heretofore neglected, in the screen 
conftpilation of historical fiction. 

From what was apparently a mass 
of story material in Neil H. Swan- 
.son's novel, 'The First Rebel,' P. J. 
Wolf.'ion in the joint ci.pacily of 
scenarist and producer has turned 
out a routine screenplay, long on 
horsemanship and action, and short 
on romance anct suspense. 

In the starring .spots are Claire 
Trevor and John Wayne, who were 
teamed recently in John Ford's pro- 
duction, 'Stagecoach.' Miss Trevor 
is a hoydenish tavern maid. Wayne 
is the fighting leader of native vigi- 
lantes, who spring from behind the 
landscape at frequen'. intervals, 
sometimes in Indian warpaint, de- 
pending upon whether their antago- 
nists are redskins or a detachment of 
Briti.sh. territorials. Under the blind 
command of the latter the wicked 
profiteers carry on. their trade with 
tlie Indians. . i 

Audience interest lies chiefly in I 
some amusing, if overdrawn, comedy j 
characterizations. Wilfrid Lawson 
gets some fun from his part as a 
tipsy scout, who sobers up only when 
there is the smell of gunpowder in 
the air. . John F. Hamilton con- 
tributes a bit of merriment with his 
homely philosophy. The rest of 
them play it pretty heavy -George 
Sanders as a stilted British com- 
mander; Brian Donlevy as the vil- ' 
lainous contrabander, and Robert; 
Barrat as a frontier magistrate. 

Best of the exterior scenes is an 
early morning attack on a stockade 
fort, dimmed by fog. 

Film will . have some appeal for i 
the grammar school trade. In that 
direction exhibitors will do well lo . 
point their advertising. Flin. | 

1 

Blondie Brings Up Baby 

Hollywood,- Nov. '3. 

rolunilila. .release of iloliei-t ..*-iinrka pro- 
dueliun. Keiilures I'eiiny Slnf;lelnn. . .\rlhiir 
I.ake. T.nrry .SIminR, daisy (doR). Dlre^-leil 
liy Frank U. .sirayor. .Si-reenplay by 
tilndya r.ehniaii and ItU*hard h'liiiii-niiy ; 
slory. -Roliert Chaplii. Karen De .V.'oU antl 
RIeliard Flournoy; lin.sed on romlc '. strip 
4'i-onted by (^ilc YnunK; cainei-a. Henry 
Freullch; editor, OUo Meyer; nsat. dlrei'tor, 
Abby Berlin, rrevlewc^t at Pantagea Nov. 
3. '.n. Running lime: ei MIN.S. 

RIondle Penny Singleton 

Dagwooil .\rlhur laiko 

Raby DunipllnK. t^rry -.'^linms 

nalsy Himself 

Alvin Fuildle .......Danny Miimtnert 

J. C. DIthera Jonnihan Hale 

Ahner OartwrlKbt Ituliert Mlddlemnss 

Rook Agent Olln Howland 

Mrs. Fuddle ■ Fay Helm 

Mellnda M'naon TegKy Ann Earner. 

Mason ' liny Gordon 

MlM While Gi-nco ."Slafrord 

.Sehool Prlni-ipa) .Helen Jerome Isddy 

Mailman Irving llacon 

The Bumpstead family continues 
its merry-mad screen adventures in 
the latest of the Blondie series. 
Blending elemental comedy with 
usual domestic drama, picture will 
provide strong support in the duals, 
and hit a good stride in the family 
houses. 

Story is close to pattern laid down 
for previous releases of the series. 
Dagwood runs into trouble at the 
office, while Blondie has her hands 
full with Baby . Dumpling at home: 
Youngster is enirolled in school; dog 
Daisy is picked up by the dogcatch- 
ers; there's a hectic search for the 
missing dog and later Baby Dump- 
ling; and final straightening out of 
everything for the family's benefit. 

Picture is studded with humorous 
and down-to-earth gags by Miss 
Singleton, Arthur Lake, baby Larry 
Simms and Daisy. Solo shots of 
cute scenes of Larry Simms and 
Daisy are neatly intercut for laughs. 
Aimed for the family trader picture 
— in both, script and direction — 
points to that mark s -cessfully. 
Dialog contains some crisp linens by 
baby Simms that are typical of a 



size the mediocrity ot the story. 

Ellis plays Link Boggs, Corinthia's 
prosecutor, whose rustic mien, per- 
force, seems a bit too much so in the 
character's writing. Link, for in- 
stance, finds it particularly distaste- 
ful to prosecute Marco, the noted 
gangster from the big town, in the 
midst ot the pickerel season. 

Luke's seemingly negligent han- 
dling ot the case permits Marco to go 
free, resulting in Luke's recall ■ as 
prosecutor. Actually, he 'throws' the ' 
case because of knowledge that 
Marco pos.sesscs which would be 
dcterimental to the happiness of Miss 
Louise, who plays his adopted daugh- 
ter. Ultimately, there's a murder for 
which Miss tiouisc is accused, with 
Ellis as her defense attorney, leading 
up to a dramatic courtroom shooting 
scene and Miss Lpuise's'ab.solution. . 

Robert Baldwin plays a young at- 
torney in standard manner, being the 
heart interest with Mis.s' Louise, 
Beverly Roberts has a bit part, as a 
gang.ster's moll, for which she's un- 
suited. 

Nancy Drew and the 
Hiddeii Staircase 

'WarntT Hims. production ami release. 
FeKture.s IJiiiiltii Cranvllle. l-^ranUlo Tbumiis, 
John. I. ltd. l>lre,-ied by Wllliaiii I'li'ineiis. 
iM-lglmil si-rei-ii|day by Kenneth tlanu-t. 
Iiase.l oti Naney l»i-e\v sttirles by farnlyii 
Kecne; eamcru. I.. William O'Connell; edl- 
ttir, 1.OUIS0 lle.sse. At h%ii, llrooklyn, 
week -Nov. 1, "ail. JtunnInK lime. IK .MINS. 

.liiiiilin tlidnvllle 
..Kranklr 'riininaa 
Jnhn l.liel 



.Nancy Drew 

'I'o'.l NIckeraon 

(Tiirson IJrow 

Captain T\ve4'dy ;. 

HrilB Schneider 

I'lorella' Turnbull 

Uosemary 'rurnlaill. ... 

Manlcl Talberl 

.-<ni!lty 



. . .Frank Orlll 
..Itciiie nihnn 
...Vera I.ewla 
. Loulre t'arler 
William Gould 
. .(^etii-Ke .tluhl 
.John illdgely 

itciiorlcr He Wnir llupper 

Ueporlcr I'relKhloii llal« 

I'liiiloKniplier I'raiik Mayii 

D; a. Inve.sliKaliir I' red Tiizeri> 

J'hilllps !'■>" Ilowan 



McKcever 



.Oick Kllliilt 



'Remember?' is Greer Garson's 
initial American production. Also 
I he first ifor the producer-director 
combo of Milton Bren and Norman 
Z. McLocd at Metro after teaming 
on the Topper features for Hal 
Roach. Picture has many bright 
.Deonna Durbin episodes. Contrasted with some 
...Robert siaek bumpy and over-dialoged .stretches 
^.Heien i"a'rr7ah , lhat preyent it from providing free- 

is Waller Clinton .Lewia Howard.: 'flowing motivation. With Robert 

lU^in".'''' ^"'.'.h'on- Lcatrice -iny •' Taylor. Miss Garson and Lew Ayres 

iK:^r?".''r."::•.::::::::::^^^n^'i'e°Z sPOt.tfd. the marquee selling 
r Miss wiKKina Kathleen Howard , powcr will attract profitable patron- 
Mr. Drake ..Thurston Hnii age on Ihnl basis, but story content 

Mr Parke'?" *'il'™?,„?'S° mn?. ""t" picture itself will not generate 
Mri.\"a'ik";-::::::::::::;:;^.rimr';s u^^^^^^^^ too .great an audience interest gen- 

Oeorge Charles Oole:nan 

Cllaurreiir Jack .MiiKiiilI 

Barbara's .Maid Marv Trenn 

.Mi-s. flhilon'a .Maid '.Dorothy Vnughun 

Cook Lucille WanI 



Constniu-e Harding.. 

Ted Drake 

James (.'Union. 

Barbara f.'llnton .... 

5\ Waller rilnton 

■ \Gniee Clinton 

iWllnia von Bvei-elt. 

FMIke 



ernlly, 

..Script is bumpy and uncertain in 
getting under . way, swings into a 
lirht romance with verve and au 



.stars Claire Trevor and John ^Vayne: feii- 
turea GcorKe .Sanders. Brian Donlevy, WM- 
frid Lawson. DIreeled by William A. 
•Seller. Screenplay by P. ."1. Wolfson from 
novel by .Nell Jl. Swansnn; muatcal dl- 
rei'tor. .Anthony ('olllns; camera, .Nicholas 
Masunii-a;. editor. George rrone. Pre- 
viewed In Projerilon Room (N. V.) Nov. 6. 
Ml). Running time: DH .MINS. 

Janle -. Claire Trevor 

Jim .Smith John Wayne 

Capl. .'-iwiin.s Georce Sanders 

Callen.lar Rrlan Donlev.v 

MacDongle Wilfrid I.nwson 

Duncan ; Rnliert Rnrrat 

Prnfesror .John F. Ilninlllon 

Cnlbonn Moroni Olsen 

Anderson. . .Kddle Qnlilan 

McCammoii. 
Poole 

Mi-<Ilnshan.- Wnllls Clark 

Morris. .. .Monte .Montague 

General Gnue Olaf llylten 



.(•hill Wlllsl i,ink.. 

Inn T\nlfc Honey . 



Picture has been adequately 
mounted for a programer of mod- 
erate proportions, with photography 
by Henry Freulich unusually good. 

Main Street Lawyer 

Republic release of Robert Norlh iirodue- 
llon. DIreeled by Duilley Murphy. Screen- 
play, Ju.seiili Ki-umkold. based on an orlKl- 
nel hy Harry Hamilton; ailnplatlnn, Dev. 
ery Frccntan; eiimera. Jack Maria; editor. 
William .Morgan: musical director, Cy 
Feuer. Tn Projeeilnn Risim. N. Y., .Nov. a, 
'3». . Running time, Tt .MIN.S. 

Fdward KlllA 



Another in the Nancy Drew .series, 
'The Hidden Staircase' serves lo still 
more Irrevocably tie Bonita Gran- 
ville with the title rolie. Like the 
others, it is based ori the appealing 
idea of making an attractive kid, 
aided by her unwilling boyfriend, an 
amateur detective mixed up in pro- 
fessional crime. This is a fitting 
sequel to the earlier films in the 
series. It's easily a top dualler in 
proper situations and should clean 
up on matinee trade. 

Tale is ostensibly a mystery story. 
Perhaps a juve audience might find 
difficulty in discerning the villain, 
but even they are allowed little lee- 
way when the possibilities from the 
start are limited to one man. More 
attention to the mystery story angle 
might go a long way to widen ap- 
peal of the film tor male patrons. 

Rather shaky toundation for the 
yarn is that a large mansion will be 
contributed to a children's hospital 
if the two old maiden ladies, to 
whom it was left in a will, sleep in 
it every right tor 20 years. They 
have but two weeks to go when a 
gang, which wants the property for a 
racetrack, starts efforts to obtain it. 
Mi.ss Granville, of course, saves the 
day. 

Plot is so shaky it is entirely un- 
clear why the chauffeur of the two 
maiden ladies is .shot and killed, but 
Nancy Drew succeeds in tracking 
down the criminal after some ex- 
citing adventures in which she and 
her b.f., again played by Frank ie 
Thomas, are caught in an under- 
ground passage and almost drowned. 

Fortunately, the comedy, largely 
supplied by the timid Thomas, out- 
does the mystification angle. - Char- 
acters are all nicely cast and com- 
petent, including John Litel. as 
Bonita's father, and Frank Orth as 
the plucky police captain. 

Director William Clemens keeps 
the film moving at a speedy clip and 
gets in some nice comedy touches. 
He seems to have a special knack ot . 
^ making entertainment out of the 
i weak Nancy Drew story material. 

Herb. 



Trials and tribulations of early 
American .settlers in verdant Penn- 
sylvania valleys and the battles be- ] Judge' 
twecn homeguards and marauding 



Lucy . 

Marco 

Zeko 

Donnelly 

Tom 

Flossie........ 

Ralston 

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.Xnli.'i l.oulse 

..Margaret Hamilton 

Ilnrold Huber 

Clem Jlcvnns 

-.Henry- Kolkei* 

.... Robert Rn Idwin 

lleverly Itolierls 

. Wlllard Robertson 

Richard Lnnie 

Ferris Taylor 

WnlllB Clark 



. dience interest, then delves into a Indians, supplied with flrearrhs and 
Under skillful guidance of Joseph : drug potion, interlude that has its fire-water bv thp nnrostr -c nt nros 
Pasternak, Deanna Durbin succers- bright moments, but still lacking in "'^f'^fa^" Dy the ancestc s ol pres- 
fully hurdles the .jump from adoles- clcarcut definition to general audi- ei'-day war racketeers, form the 
cence to sub-deb age. -First Love' is ence.":. I backgroiind of a shpot-'ern-up melo- 

her sixth produstion since initial Miss Gar.son handles her comed- 1 drama called 'Allegheny Uprising ' 
skyrocketing to boxoffice attention icnne role in capable fashion, even I directed by William A Seiter for 
three years ago. and will maintain to slapstick episode where she is RfcO. Dealing with contraband and 
the profitable grcisses of its pre- . f'unked in a mudhole with Taylor. 
decessors most handily. It's a top- Despite the handicap of script and 
bracket entry. dialog, she carries through tavor- 

Pasternak, who has handled the ably to point up a personable charm 
production, reins on all of her pic- and attractiveness before the camera, 
lures, again rates credit for piloting Taylor has a better role than re- 
Miss Durbin into her latei: 'teens, cent assignments, and is adequate as 
and providing a boxoffice clicko the lead opposite Miss Garson. 
with every, start. In this instance, ' Ayres, third member of the roman- 
Ihe Durbin-Pasternak duo is again tic threesome sticks around despite 
.joined by director Henry Koster, the loss of his girl to his pal. 
who directed three of her five pre- i When Ayres loses his girl friend to 
ious pictures. Combo demonstrates Taylor after a luncheon introduction 



illicit commierce, there may be some 
timeliness in the theme, but any 
substantial cash-and-carry at box- 
offices is extremely remote. Except 
in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh 
territories it does, not rate better 
than average allocation. -'' 

In its favor is the novelty ot a 
brief .stretch of early Colonial hap- 
penings which antedate thei Revolu- 
tionary War. There is' evidence ot 
careful research in the settings and 
costumes, and the film fits a groove, 



Shades of Blackstone and his Main 
street counterpart have been resur- 
rected in a home-spun, irvincobbish 
manner to emerge as 'Main Street 
Lawyer.' Edward Ellis is the Re- 
public challenge to Paramount's Bob 
Burns, and through no particular 
fault ot his own, 'Lawyer' winds up 
as a transparency that'll find only 
adequate refuge on provincial dual- 
ers. 

Dudley Murphy's direction gives 
this small-town yarn considerable 
lustre, but the story itself has been 
too. frequently done in revised form. 
But better. A neat cast also Includes 
Anita Louise, Margaret Hamilton, 
Harold Huber, Clem Bevans, Henry 
Kolker and Willard Robertson, but 
their stability only serves to empha- 



THE ESCAPE 

2ilth-Fox release of Sol M. Wuruel pro- 
duftlun. Features Kane Richmond. Amnhda 
Du(r, June Gale. Edward Norrls. Henry 
Arnio'ttn, Frank Rclcher. Dli-ected by Rl- 
ciirdo Gortez. Original by llolierl Kills 
and Helen J>ogan; camera, E<lwai-d Cron- 
Jager; cdllnr, Fred Allen: music. Samuel 
Kaylln. At Palace. ». Y., week .Nov, tl, 
'90. Running time, S8 MIN'il. 

Kddle Farrell Kane Rlchmonil 

Jull PeronnI Amanda DufT 

Annie Qualen '.Juno (iaie 

Louie PeronnI Kdwal-d .Norrls 

GulscppI PeronnI Henry Armelia 

Dr.' Shumaker. Frank Iteli4ier 

Willie Hogei-s .scotiy llei'keit 

Aunt .Mamie Qualcn I.euim Roberta 

Tommy Rogers Rex Downing 

Jim Rogers -. TImmv Ruller 

.Sival ...Itogei- .Mci;ee 

Dnvid CIIITord Itl. lmrd l.ane 

Chet Warren .Jack Carson 

Pete...' ..Mint .Meltugh 

Helen Gardner Jfclen Krlcson 



An unusual and novel technique of 
celluloid story unraveling has, been 
employed by writers Robert Ellis 
and Helen Logan to make 'The 
Escape' a refreshing retreat from the 
ordinary. Story itself, however, is 
unfortunately too hackneyed and 
moral-pointing to become anything 
outstanding even under the best 
technique. ' Second-rate cast is not 
designed, either, to- put the film in 
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What mystery picture ever got raves like these? 

"A combination of mystery and comedy tliat will chill you to the marrow, 
then leave you limp with laughter. Bob Hope's best picture!" 

— Jlmmio Fidler, famous newspaper and radio columnist 

"The outstanding chiller of the year. Bob Hope at his bestl"— Robbin Coons^ Associated Press 

"The best mystery in years!"— Erjfc/n* Johnson, King Features Syndicate 

"One of the most successful whodunits of this season."— Fifm Daily 

"Top-notch comedy murder mystery . . . first feature on any bill." — Ho///wood Reporter 

"Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard a solid click in 'The Cat and the Canary'." 

— £J Sullivan, famous New York Daily News columnist 

"A wedding of laugh and thrill so neatly contrived as to equal, virtually, a new 
film formula, inducing shrieks of terror and shrieks of laughter." —Motion Picture Daily 



Paramount^s 



The CAT and the CANARY 

...m. Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard with John Beal 



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Douglass Montgomery • Gale Sondergaard • Elizabeth Patterson - George Zucco 

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Indie Opposes His Own 
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Theatre; Other B!dg. 



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Minnc.npolis, Nov. 7. 

W. R. Frank, indcpendenl circuit 
operator, appeared before the city 
council liccn.>;e coininiUee to oppose 
his own application rjr a permit- to 
build and operate a new neighbor- 
hood theatre. ' Kxplaininf; ■ that he 
merely had filed the application for 
•protection' against throalehcd com- J 
petition lo one of his present show- ' 
houses from a proposed new theatre 
in the sanie ncishborhood. Frank | 
argued a.qainst the issuance of any i 
more permit.":. 

Aldermen appeared puzzled by j 
the fact that, allhou.sh exhibitors j 
claim the town- is oversealcd: that 
businsss is 'very bad' and that most 
neighborhood houses a;e "barely get- 
ting by' now and Ihcrc's an 'insufTi- g 
cicnt supply of good pictures' to go i 
around, applications have boen filed ; 
lo build four new . neighborhood ■ 
houses, while, it w.is indicated, if 
the bar.s arc let down a' half-dozen 
other new thc.ntres would be con- 
structed. 

Several desiring to build new thea- 
tres pre already exhi itnrs and are 
acquainted with the adverse box- 
office conditions and the objection- 
able trade piacticcs now prevalent 
Included in this number is Irving 
Gillman, owner of the Esquire, 
whoso propo.sed new theatre would 
be within two miles distance from 
one of the- Frank houses. | 

Among those who spoke before the j 
committee and requested that no ' 
more new theatre permits be issued, 
were \V. A. SteiTes. president . of I 
Northwest Allied Stales; Theodore I 
Hoys, of tho Minnesota Amus. Co. « oq qq" 
(Paramount): Ben Friedman and !*/ 
Frank Woskie. ' independent ex- 
hibitors, and Randy Merriman. as- , 
sistant Minnesota theatre manager, j 
Merriman pointed out that (he Min- I 
ncsota employs 90 people, that ' it i 
is operating now at a I0S.1; and prob- | 
ably would have to close if any more . 

nabe houses are built. Steffes called ! 

attention to his Alvin theatre which I 10/ 6, 39 
Is dark much of the time. I 

Thi point also was made by Slef- I 
fes that distributor representatives' 
should unite in the fi-tht with ex- 
hibitors to choke olT further theatre 
construction by showing the un- 
availability of product for new thea- 
tres. 'Let them protect their present 
customers.' he said. 

During the debate arguments be- 
came extremely heated and at one 
juncture fisticuff.? were threatened. 
One committee member asserted 10/20/ 39 
'there's no .rea.son why there , 
shouldn't be six theatres to a block i 
— exhibitor.-! aren't entitled lo a mo- 
nopoly.' Another aldermen declared 
seven blocks are too far to walk to 
a theatre in cold weather — that there 
should be one or more in between. 
However, the committee voted to 
defer action on the applications until 
tomorrow 18). 

Pending the outcome of the pre.s- 
ent scrap, Northwest Allied has 
called oft its fight for a city ordi- 
nance that would outlaw double 
features by limiting the length of 
screen shows. In consequence, the 
measure, which was opposed by the 



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Walter I.ee's Addition 

Mountain .View. Ark.. Nov. 7. 
Walter Lee, of Batesville. has 
opened the Lee theatre here. Houst 
has 246 seats. Lee also operates the 
Gem, Heber Spring.s. 



11/3/39 



New Colored House 

Chariotte, N. C, Nov. 7, 
New Negro picture theatre opened 
at Burlington, C. F; Dority, of Dur- 
ham, to operate under name of the 
Lincoln theatre. 



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Mobile's Bth Cinema 

Mobile Nov. 7, 
Mobile's eighth cinema opened 
Nov. 4 at Five Points under name of 
Roxy; Alex Gounaris owner-manager. 
Gounaris also operates the Roose- 
velt in the southern section of the 
city. 



11/17/39 



Willfams' Newest 
Oklahoma City, Nov. 7. 
K. Lee Williams opened newest 
house, the Dalla.s, Fordyce. Ark., un- 
der management of Gerry Doig; A. 
E. Crowdcr, Jr.. assistant. 



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New SZS-Sealcr 

Eaton, O., Nov. 7. 
New 52S-j5e^ter to be erected here 
t>y Rader Bros., local operators. 
Starts jmmediateiy, ready for late 
winter opening. 



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KONGA. WILD IIOKSE 
THE WOMEN 
DEATH OF A CHAMFION 
CONSPIRACY 
WALL STRKICT COWBOY 
I'LIGIIT AT MIDNIGHT 
ADVT'RES .SHERLOCK HOLMES 
THE UNDERPUF 
MUTINY ON BLACKHAWK 
THE OLD MAID . . 

GOLDEN BOY 
RANGE WAR 

CHAN AT TREASURE ISLAND 
THE FIGHTING GRINGO 
FULL CONFESSION 
TWO BRIGHT BOYS 
DESPERATE TRAILS 
NAN CY DREW & ST AIR CASE 

OUTPOST OK MOUNTIES 
DANCING CO-ED 
SKY PATROL 
BEAU GESTE 
DAY THE BOOKIES WEPT 
THE RAINS CAME 
HAWAIIAN NIGHTS 
DUST BE MY DESTINY 



THOSE HIGH, GREY WALLS 
THUNDER AFLOAT 
$1,000 A TOUCHDOWN 
FIFTH AVENUE GIRL 
STOP, LOOK AND LOVE 
INTERMEZZO, LOVE STORY 
RIO 

NO PLACE TO GO 



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THE. ARIZONA KID W 
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THE WITNESS VANISHES M 

NURSE EDITH CAVELL D 

A CHILD IS BORN D 

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WHAT A LIFE 
CRASHING THRU 
THE KANSAS TERRORS 
EVERYTHING'S ON ICE 
THE ESCAPE 
ETERN.\LLY YOURS 
HERO FOR A DAY 
PRIDE OF 5LUE GRASS 



FLIGHT TO FAME 
BABES IN ARMS 
JAMAICA INN 
THREE SONS 

HOLLYWOOD CAVALCADE 
ON YOUR TOES 

AT THE CIRCUS 
TELEVISION SPY 
SHIPYARD SALLY 
PACK UP YOUR TROUBLES 
TOWER OF LONDON 
OKLAHOMA FRONTIER 
SMASHING MONEY RING 



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FIGHTING MEN D 
THE FLYING DEUCES C 
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LEGION OF LOST FLYERS M 
CALL A MESSENGER M 
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BEWARE SPOOKS 
BAD LITTLE ANGEL 
MUTINY IN BIG HOUSE 
DANGER FLIGHT 
DISPUTED PASSAGE 
COWBOYS FROM TEXAS 
SUED FOR LIBEL 
20,000 MEN A YEAR 
HOUSEKEEPER'S DAUGHTER 
LITTLE ACCIDENT 
THE ROARING TWENTIES 
JEEPERS CREEPERS 



ItEMEMBER? 
HEROES IN BLUE 
CAT AND CANARY 
MAIN STREET LAWYER 
ALLEGHENY UPRISING 
DRUMS ALONG MOHAWK 
FIRST LOVE 
ONE HOUR TO LIVE 
ELIZABETH AND ESSEX 



SECRET OF DR. KILDARE 
THE PHANTOM STRIKES 
RAIDERS OVER ENGLAND 
RULERS OF THE SEA 
THE WASHINGTON COWBOY 
THE COVERED TRAILER 
MEET DR. CHRISTIAN 
TOO BUSY TO WORK 
ON DRESS PARADE 
JESTRY RI DES AGAI N 

'aMAZING MR. WILLIAMS 
ANOTHER THIN MAN 
ROLL, WAGONS, ROLL 
OUR NEIGHBORS 
DAY-TIME WIFE 
INVISIBLE MAN RETURNS 
WE ARE NOT ALONE 



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YUKON FLIGHT 
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TALENT 



Fred Stonc-Konea 
N.Shearer-J.Crawford-R.Russcll 
L. Overman-R. Pai|rc-V. Dale 

A. Lane-L. Haycs-R. Barratl 
R. Roecrs-G. Haycs-A. Baldwin 
P.Regan-J.Parker-Col.R.Turner 
B; Rathbone-N. Bruce-I. Lnpino 
G- Jean-IL CumminKs-A. Gray 
R. Arlen-A. Devlne 

B. Davls-M. Hopkl n s-'G . Brent 

B.Stanwyck-A.Mcnjou-W.Holdcn 

W. Boyd-R. Ilayden-B. Moran . 

S. Toler-C. Romero-P. Moore 

G. O'Brlcn-L. Tovar 

V.McLaelen-S.EIlers-B.FIIxicrr'd 

E. Lowc-W. Barrle 

J. M. Bro\vn-B. Baker^F. Knlcht 

B. Granville-J. Lltel 

C. Starreli-I. Meredith 

L. Tui-ner-R, Carlson-L. Bowman 
J. TrcnUM. Slone-M. Reynolds 
G. Cooper-R. Milland-R. Preston 
J. Penner-B. Grable 
M. L«y-T. Power-G. Brent 
J. DowDs-M. Carilsle-C. Moore 
J. Garfleld-P. Lane 



W. Connolly-L Meredith 
W. Beery-C. Morris- V. Grev 
J. E. Brown-M. Rdyc-F. Blore 
G. Rogers-W. Connolly-E. Ellison 
J. Rogers.'W. Frawley 
L, Howard-I. Bergman 
S. Gurie-B. Rathbene-V. McLaglen 
G. DIckson-D. Morgan-F« Stone 



0. Kruger-O, Munson 

A Sothern-F. Tonc-V.'Grey 
MacMurra y-Carroll- Jones 

D. Barry-H. Mack-W. Hymrr 
R. Rogcrs-G. Hayes-S. March 
R. Greene-R, Dix-B. Joyce 

D: Durbfn-E. P»lletle-L. Howard 

Neagle-Oliver-Sanders 

G. Fitzgerald-J. Lvnn 

J. McCrea-B . Ma rshall 

J. Cooper-B. Field 

J. Newill-W. Hull-M. Slone 

Three Mesqulteers 

1. Dare-E. Ellis-V. Vale 
K. Riclimond-A. DiilT 
L. Young-D. Niven 

A. Loi>ise-D. Faran 

E. Fellow s-.l. McCallion 

C. Farrcll-J. Wells 

J. Garland-M. Rooncy-G. KIbbrc 

C. Laughton-M. O'Hara 

E. Ellis-V. Vale-W. Gargan 

A. Fayc-D. Ameohe-S. Erwin 

Zorina-E. Albert 



Marx Bros.-K. Bakcr-F, Rice 

W. Henry-J. Barrett-W.CollicrSr. 

G. Flelds-S. Howard 

J. Withers-Rllz Bros. 

B. Rathbonc-B. Karloff 

J. M. Brown-B. Baker-F. Knight 

K. Reagan-M. Stevenson 



J. E. Brown-M. Carlisle 

V. Weidler-G. R«ynolds-R. Owen 

C. Bickford-B. MacLane 

J. Trcnt-M. Rcynolds-M. Stone 

Lamour-Tamiroff-Howard 

R.LIv'gton-R.Hallon-D.Renaldo 

K. Taylor-L. Haycs-R. Lane 

R. Scott-P. Fostcr-M. Lindsay 

J. Bennett-A.MenJourW. Gargan 

H. Herbert-B. Sani<y-F, Rice 

J Cagney-H. Bogart-P. Lane 

_WeayerJBros.-JK. Rogers 

P. Singleton-A. Lake-L. Sims 

C. Starrett-L. Gray-D. Curtis 
G. Garbo-M. Douglas-I. Claire 
Jack Randall 
J.Newlll-S. Blanc 

S. Laurel-O. Hardy-J. Parker 
George O'Brien 

J.Rogers-ll.Waiburn-M.Ranibcaa 
R. Arlen-A. Nagel-A. Devlne 
B. Halop-H.Hall-M. Carlisle 
J^Payne-J. Wyman 

R. 'fayl'or-G. Garson-L. Avers" 

D. Purcell-B. Hayes 

B. Hope-P'Iette Goddard-J. Beat 

E. Ellis-A. Lonise-B. Baldwin 

J. Wayne-C. Trevor-C. Sandcm 

C. ColberUH. Fonda-E. M. Oliver 

D. Durbln-R. Slack 

D. Nolan-C. BIckford-J. LiUI 
B; Davi.s-E. Flynn 

L. Ayre.s-L, Barryniore'-I,7Da'v^ 
W. Lawson-S. Hale 
No Cast 

D. Fairbanks, Jr.-M. Lockwood- 
G. Autry-S. Burnette-M. Carlisle 
J. Gleason-L. GIcason-T. Ryan 
J. Hersholt-D. Lovett-P. Lee 
J. Prouty-S. Byinglbn-K. Howell 
Dead End KIds-J. Lilel 
M. DIetrlch-J. Stewart 



J. BIondell-M. Douglas 

M. Loy-W. Powell-C. A. Sir,ith 

Tex Jtltler 

F. Bainter-F. Craven-E. Lowe 
T. Power-L. Darnell W. William 
V. PMce-N. Grey-C. Hardwicke 
P. Muni-J. Bryan-F. Robson 



A. Sothern-W.'Gargan-L. Slone 
C. Grant-R. Russell-R.Bellamy 
J. Newlll-L. Stanley-D. O'Brien 
P. O'Brien-O. Bradna-R. Young 
K.Kyser-A.MenJou-E. E. Horton 
S. Toler-L. Bari-B. Clarke 

G. Harker-A. SIm-L. Travers 
J. Downs-C. Moore 

H. Bogar(-J. Litcl-R. Lane 



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Bin O'DonneU Upped 
To Interstate Home 
Office; Other Changes 

I San Antonio. Nov. 7. 

I With promotion of William F. 

■ O'Donnell, general manager of In- 

' terstate group here, to assistant to 

I R. J. O'Donnell, v.p. of the Ihlerslalc, 
with main offices in Dallas, E. E. 
Collins, for past three years mona.mr 
of the Majestic, becomes city man- 
ager succeeding O'Donnell. 

I John ' Floorc, manager.- of the 
Texas, becomes prexy of the M;i- 
jcslic.whilc Henry Bergman, man- 
ager of Broadway, upped to till va- 
cancy at Texas. Maurice Glcavi-s 
comes from Uptown to Broadwa.v. 
Lynn Kruger goes from Harlandaie 
to Uptown. Lee Roy Handlcy. a.«- 

j sistant at Majestic, becomes manKgi r 

' of Harlandnle. 



Colo.'s Double Tiirl«cy 

Denver, Nov. 7. 
Cities and towns in the state arc 
! divided as to which day to ceU-bi iile 
'for Thank.sgiving. Gov. Carr dil- 

fcrcd from the President .is named 
'. Nov. 23, Denver retail .stores will he 
! closed Nov. 23 and open on Nov. 30. 
• It is expected all Government officer, 
j of which Denver has more than any 
I city except Washington, D. C. wiil 
' be closed both days. A college fool- 
Iball game will be played in Denver 
I Nov. 23, being moved up from Nov. 

25, and the traditional Thank.sgiving 
I game between the Universities of 
; Colorado and Denver will be played 
•ns .scheduled at. Boulder. 40 miles 

f "om here, on Nov. 23. Denver- schiiuls 

will observe Nov. 23. 
: Rocco De Paola will reouen the 
! East. Trinidad, Colo., .soon: N. S. Sa- 
i waya has taken over the Strand, and 
[reports are that Fox plans to build 
: there soon to replace one of its pres- 
ient houses. 

For the first time Mora. N. M.. 1.- 
,500 population, will have a theatre — 
! it's the first time electricity has been 

available N. Cornett will open it. 
Giving him three hou.ses in the 

slate, . N. B, Oliver is reopening the 

Rif/.y at Mogollon, N. M. 
I Floyd Rains has clo.-;ed the Sho- 

shoni at Fort Washakie, Wyo.. for the 

winter. 

"The new Fox, seating 750. will be 
opened about Dec. 15 at Longmonl, 
Colo. 



i Pitt Shifts 

I Pittsburgh. Nov. 7.. 

Martin Shearn, who was an <itlioe 

I boy in WB publicity departmoni ,iust 
a couple of years ago. has licin 
named manager of the Palace, Tar- 
entum. Pa., which Warners recently 
acquired from Manos circuit. C. 
Laucks. of Mt. Oliver theatre, moves 
into Shearn's old po.st at Camera- 
phone, and another WB shift .«inds 
Charles Shannon from Bclmar to 
Brookline. Jules Green, recently re- 
turned from three-month leave in 
Hollywood, is at the Belmar now. 

With death of Ben Jaffe Ed Shaf- 
fer, who has been subbing for ailing 
JafTe more than a year, becomes 
permanent house manager of Ca- 
sino, local burlesquer. which is 
operated by George JafTe. father of 
Ben.. For last few summers. Shaffer 
has been piloting Globe. Atlantic 
Citv. 

WB has placed its newly-remod- 
eled Boulevard, Brookline. in opera- 
tion Fridays, Saturdays and Sun- 
days. Previously ran only two days 
a week. Arcade on Soulhside. ve- 
modcled. reopened last week after 
long shutdown, with William Finkel, 
one of company's heads, in active 
charge. 



PcKingill Out 

Bridgeport, Nov. 7, 
Howard W. Pellingill out as man- 
ager of Warner for uhannounced rm- 
sons. Charles Obert. assi.stant, car- 
ries on pro tern. Pettingill came in 
from Worcester, Mass., WB house in 
July.. 



Storm East for Goidwyn 



Hollywood, Nov. 7. 
Fred Storm . has moved lo New 
York to take over the publicity 
chores of Samuel Goldwyn's eastern, 
office for the next month. Duties 
were formerly handled by Ben 
Washer. 

During Storm's absence. Jdhn 
Miles will handle studio publicity. 



90 



Tea Hays' 52cl Anni 

Mirineapoli.s, Nov. 7. 

Theodore L. Hays, 'grand old man' 
of the show business here, i.s being 
honored by the incjustry upon the 
completion of his 52d year i!s h 
."bowman. Hays, now a Minnt.<:otii 
Amus Co. executive, started as an 
employe of the Bijou, pop price 
roadshow house. 

He eventually wound up as owner 
of that house and also the Grantl. 
St. Paul, vyhich had a similar policy. 



Wednesday* November 8, 1939 



VARIETY 



17 



DRUMS ALONG 

THE MOHAWK " 

BEATS "ALEXANDER'S 
BAND" RECORDS IN 

rmsT nvE openings! 

..TOPPING "THE RAINS 
CAME " ELSEWHERE!.. 
HOLDOVERS ALREADY 
SET IN BALTIMORE, 
PHILADELPHIA AND 
NEW YORK! 





THE KEYSTONE OF YOUR FUTURS 



18 



VARIETY 



PICTURES 



WciheMajf November 8, 1939 



Film Reviews 



.Contipucd from page I4_ 



THE ESCAPE 



other than a dual bracket, although 
it distfnctly has something that rates 
It more than a critical brushoflf. 

Method of retailing the story is not 
new. Rather, it is a switch on the 
old flashback technique. A ropoi-ler, 
bursting in on the wife of a gangster 
who.h'as just been killed, is taken in 
hand by the kindly old doctor who 
ministers to the slum neighborhood. 
Medico gives a case history of the 
people involved, with fade-ins of the 
actual scenes as he talks to the re- 
porter. It's rather effective. 

Story opens with Jack Carson, the 
reporter, breaking in on June Gale, 
secret wife of Edward Norris, who 
lies in a coffin in the next room as 
result of a gun battle. Frank Reicher, 
the M:D., intervenes. He starts his 
yarn way back, telling of Norris' re- 
turn from the penitentiary and . his 
refusal to follow the picas of his 
father, Arnietta, to go straight. 

He engineers a warehouse robbery 
and is turned over to the police by 
his father. Gang he works with, in 
the meantime, kidnaps the adopted 
daughter of the d.a. as a means of 
bargaining to prevent its own arrest 
and conviction. It's then revealed 
that Miss Gale and Norris were 
married befoire he went to prison 
and the d.a.'s adopted child is 
actually their daughter. 

Through the aid of a neighborhood 
cop, Kane Richmond, whose engage- 
ment to Norris' sister, Amanda Duff, 
Norris has prevented, the gangster is 
enabled to escape to save his- child 
from death at the hands of his 
former cronies. He gets killed, but 
the little girl is saved. 

Moral of the tale, of course, is that 
there's some good in the worst of us. 
Norris, pictured as a thoroughgoing 
rat, doesn't hesitate to risk his own 
life for that of his child. There are 
numerous other episodes in the 
story, which are rather coincidental, 
but go satisfactorily to make up the 
case history. Yarn" moves fairly 
rapidly and has a good bit of action, 
although th»meller angle is at times 
too obtuse. 

Ricardo Cortez' direction is almost 
uniformly excellent To the extent 
of the limited ability of some of the 
.players,' he keeps them all workJne 
in a subdued key. Character per- 
formers are much superior to the 
younger principals, Armetta being 
particularly outstanding. Leona 
Roberts, as the aged and sick mother 
of Norris' wife, is also good, while 



Reicher gives a fair performance. 
Moppet Scotty Beckett is consistently 
irritating with the grownup lines put 
into his mouth. 

Usual film libels are practiced on 
reporter Carson. Picturization of 
him continuously filling his pockets 
with the doctor's ci.cars is not de- 
signed to improve Fox press rela- 
tions. Carson is nl.-o employed in 
the film's unrealistic and unsatis- 
factory finale. 

Picture should not be confused 
with the novel by Ethel Vance, 
•Escape,' which Metro purchased re- 
cently and hasn't yet put into pro- 
ducUon. Wcrb. 



ONE HOUR TO LIVE 

Unlvermil rclc;mc of Ocorpe Voluilcm 
pi'ciilurllon. Fcnluros Chnrln Ulckfovd, 
Worin Nolnn. JJlreclcd b.v Harold Scbuslcr. 
.Sfitcnplny . I>v Hoy Chmalor: canierR, 
Ooiirgo Hol)lii.-40n. ,\: Hl.illo. N". Y.. ilual 
lilll wpi'k .Nov. .n. 'XI. KniinlnB time. 
01 .MTNSi. 

Ilniily Cli.iili's IlitkrorO 

Mliilcl Vnnce U. ils Nolnn 

lludy .~>iraln ..John l.licl 

C'nmmlsslonor Simuiol .s. Hinds 

Stanley Jones I'a"' Uullfoylo 

Mexie Stonton Ilobert E. Kennc 

RIkl 3nek Can- 

Jimmy JIartti.; John GnllaoilPt 

«Fats* liinory l*arnoll 

Clerk Olln Holwnnd 



which will make all the bar as.soci- 
ations very happpy. . ,. , 

With nothing to recommend it Jn 
story, direction or production, the 
actors also don't figure to show up 
,vell— and don't. There's not a single 
inspired moment in the playing and 
the cameraman heaped further in- 
di^anlics on Miss Nolan via some 
very unflattering profiles. Scho. 

Otjr Neighbors — The 
Carters 

Hollywood, Nov. 1. 

r^iiiinioonl TrlM«e or rdnilo.i n. Hocer." 
nrnductlor. Kcalures I'uy Hnlnlor, I'l-.ink 
OraTCn, Kdmund Lowe, ilenovleve fobln. 
Dinrltd hy Ralph Murphy. Scrfenphiy by 
s. K. Lauren, hnirert. on nlory by Ufnaud 
HofTitiiin; eanier.i. Cforsc Unrne.i: oilllor. 
WIMIiim .Shea; r.ssl. dlrwlnr. Mel Enst'ln- 
I'l-evleweJ «t WcKtwooil VII1iib« Oct. 30, 30. 
nunnliik- time, 113 MISS. 

rakn Cfliler.... F»y Balnler 

•Doc' Cniler Kranlc Craren 

'Bllr- llastlnKK. Edmund Lowe 

liloria iraillnss .(ienevlevo Tobin 

.Main* rarler Mary Jhomos 

Olorla Caiitr Gloria Cnrler 

Dlrlilo Carter Rcolly llcckftt 

Junior tiirtor ncnnle Harljctt 

r.-xiil Oniler Ponnld Hrcnnn 

l.oulso Wlloos Nana llr.vnni 

.Mr Cnllfoylo -lliurslon Ilnll 

J.-scpb l.nnrencc (Iraiivlll" Ilalos 

p.)p ll.luen I'Mwnrd MoWndc 

llcniy, Lauitnie Norman Phillips 

Prter Flu'ih,, Hlohnril rlaytnn 

Dr P«)scr. .. .b'rnnk lleli^her 

noportcr .John I'onte 

Girl Repotlci- .Mnrlhn Moars 

Butler ..Olaf HylUn 



'One Hour to Live' is not very 
happy. It's a sad celluloid effort, 
even for a B film, and is not going 
to mean even a faint cheer on the 
bottom end of its destined bookings 
in dualled situations. 

This is gangster meller of the old 
school, written and directed in the 
rote of the tcn-twenty-thirty days 
rather than in the modern treatment. 
It has a surprise whodunit angle 
that probably surprised only its au- 
thor, Roy Chanslor, and a pace so 
leaden that its running time, 61 
minutes, is only short on the clock. 

Charles Bickford plays the lieuten- 
ant of detectives who loses his girl,, 
Boris Nolan, to the gangster fight 
manager. Latter, John Litel, has his 
knife-throwing henchman, Paul Guil 
foyle, knock o(I a colored comer, 
Jack Carr, who plays a dual role. 
As the story progresses, Litel and 
Guilfoyle also miu-der one of Bick' 
ford's detective pals, but the final 
shakedown doesn't come about until 
Litel also is on the verge of mur- 
dering his wife, whom Bickford still 
loves. The surprise twist comes via 
the unmasking of the Police Com- 
missioner, Samuel S. Hinds, as the 
actual brains behind the gangsters. 
Robert Emmett Keane is also cast 
in a crooked role, that of a lawyer. 



Inside Sbtf-Pictw es 



Writing to his friend. Brock Pemberton, Louis Lurie, the San Francisco 
realtor and showman, remarks: 'Howthell can I ease up with three nur.se.<! 
in this bedroom 24 hours a day. One is a Dane, whom I under.stand is 
neutral, another is a good Irish girl and the third a Scotch lassie. They're 
all beautiful enough to be in one of your productions— but I'll be gla<l when 
they 'kiss the boys goodbye.' It's tough to be leading man to The Women' 
. . .I'll sure be glad to see somebody wearing pants.' 

Lurie has been under treatment for a heart ailment. In addition to the- 
atre properties, he has picture inteiesis and is the backer of Sol Lesser, 
Hollywood producer. 



A friendship that endured through years of show biz and faded when 
their paths led ip opposite directions was recently revived when W. C. 
Fields found a part for George Moran in the Fields-Mae West starrer at 
Universal, 'My Little Chickadee.' Comedian insisted the role was cut to 
the order of Moran, once of the blackface team of Moran and Mnck ('The 
Two Black Crows'). Fields set out to find Moran, flooding the country with 
inquiries. He finally caught up with him, playing a minor part in 'Caval- 
cade of the West* at the Frisco fair. Call came to Moran just as the expo 
closed down. 



Marjorie Rambeau, who will play the mother in RKO's "The Primrose 
Path,' was originally sought by George Abbott for the stage production of 
the Robert Buckner-Waller Hart play: When she Was unable to accept 
because of film commitments, Abbott, put Betty Garde into the part, the 
Kitter receiving favorable notices for her performance. Victoria Lincoln, 
author of "February Hill," fioni which the play was adapted, didn't receive 
program credit. Not known whether she'll be credited in the screen 
version. 



New York Theatres 



THERE'S A BETTER SHOW AT THE 




THEHTIIES 



"FIRST LOVE" 

WITH 

DEANNA QURBIN 



CMITRD 
AKTISTS 
Doflri Open 9:30 A.M. 



wvou TtTofirSL 

MIDNtTE 8H0W8 



pouKliin Fulrbunkf). Jr. 

In Frank Lloyil'M 

"EULEES OF 
THE SEA" 

A I'urninoDnt Vleture 



IN I'ERSO:^ 

Martha 
EAY£ 



non zuKKE 

A}iU BAND 



PARAMOUNT 



TIHBM 
6UIIARE 



cVr'i'** MUSIC HALL 

"NINOTCHKA" 

Spectacular Stag* ' Productiont 



StnrtB Friday, .November lOHi 

JAMES CAGNEY 



"THE ROARING '20s 

IN PERSON — «««.^ 

BOB CEOSBY STRAND 

AND ORCHESTRA ••■■■"■■^ 




Our Neighbors— the Carters' is a 
saga of a small town family, closely 
knit with their , individual and col- 
lective problems. It's a good pro- 
gram attraction suitable for strong 
tlual support in the keys, and able 
to catch en with the subsequents and 
smaller towns as a solo or top fea- 
ture. 

. Picture depends on -Incident to 
carry it through rather than a "basic 
story. Although not intended as 
such, it may well prove a trial bal- 
loon by Paramount for continuance 
of a Carter family series. More on 
the dramatically human side, in com- 
parison to the broader comedy of 
the Jones or Hardy series, the Cart 
ers have a strong chance for addi 
tional film reprise. 

Story thread presents the prob- 
lems of Carter (Frank Craven) in 
bringing up his family of five chil- 
dren, while struggling with opera- 
tion ot a typical .small town drug- 
store. When a cut-rate chain opens 
in the burg, it's a crisis for the 
family. But Edmund Lowe, small- 
town-boy-success-in-the-city, arrives 
with wife Genevieve Tobin to fall 
in love with the children and happy 
family to save the day. 

Not much story, but picture is 
highlighted by close-to-the-heart in- 
cident easily understood by audi- 
ences outside of the meti;opolitan 
centers. Everyday problems of 
family life are detailr^ through ex- 
cellent and imderstanding direction 
by Ralph Murphy, and carefully 
drawn characterization by cast mem- 
ber.?. 

Craven is a typical small town 
merchant; easy goihg with his ac- 
counts while warding .oft . creditors, 
and a most understanding father 
with his brood of five. Fay Bainter 
provides a sparkling performance as 
the mother of the household. Ed- 
mund Lowe and Genevieve Tobin 
successfully get over their hankering 
for children; a desire overlooked in 
their rise to wealth, biit accentuated 
by their visit to the Carter home. 

Children of the family have been 
neatly cast. Scotty Beckett gains 
sympathy as a youngster crippled by 
infantile paralysis; while little Mary 
Thomas is excellent throughout, es- 
pecially capable in scenes in which 
she decides to be adopted by the 
rich city friends. Other youngsters 
of varying age include Gloria Car- 
ter, Bennie Bartlett and Donald 
Brenon. 



Mary Parker and Billy Daniels, under Paramount contract via Mitchell 
Leisen and LeRoy Prinz, bowed out of Max Gordon's 'Very Warm for May' 
operetta when dissatisfied with their billing. Dancers were to .switch from 
the !St; Regis hotel roof into the operetta on the understanding of being 
ff Ltured, but found themselves relegated, so they returned to the Coast 
awaiting picture assignment. 



Bing Crosby's new deal with Universal is unique in that it gives him 
the option of flnancing the picture, 'If I Had My Way,' up to 100%, with a 
dollar for dollar return on the net profits. Crosby financed HO'.i, of his 
last U film, 'East Side of Heaven,', and took a 50-50 cut. Studio figures 
that any of his pictures are an asset to the Celling program. 




JOLDl 



3rd BIO Week ! B^,„k n.ts 
Mlrkrr ROONEV-Judr C.^HI/AND I 
"BABES IN ARMS" 

Comlnff Tlnirsdny 
"DANCING CO-ED" wllh Lina Turnn. 
, Rich. Carlson - Artie Shaw and Band J 




OVER THE MOON 



20. 



Decision for Louis K. Sidney Ip remain at the Metro studio on produc- 
tion, with the intention of giving him supervision of M-G films in future, 
followed Nicholas M. Schenk's recent trip to the Coast. Three or four 
weeks ago it had been decided to bring Sidney back to the home-office 
in New York. 



'Robert Montgomery is understood have invested $15,000 in 'The Male 
Animal,' recently staged by Elliott Nugent. Plan is to take the play to 
Broadway after some re-writing and re-casting. Comedy closed after one 
week at the Mayan, Los Angeles. 



Using only one-half of the lengthy novel, 'Northwest Pa.ssage,' in its 
forthcoming release with Spencer Tracy, Robert Young and Walter Breii- 
nan, Metro has in mind the production of the balance of the book a 
sequel. The same cast would, of course, be used. In the Aim version be- 
ing released this winter Metro ends the picture before its two principal 
characters go to England. 

♦ \ 



in an antiquated large Yorkshire 
house, with aged servants, on the 
strictest economy, reading roniantic 
literature and yearning for -her fling. 
The local young doctor takes <i small 
suijn of money from the bank in order 
to give her a chance at Monle Carlo 
for their honeymoon. 

At this juncture the old man's law- 
yers notify her that she is her un- 
cle's sole their to $90,000,000. Conse- 
quently, refusing to be a 'gentleman 
in waiting,' he declines to marry her. 
'Then occurs the usual, the horde of 
parasites and fortune-hunters who 
descend upon her, indicating that the 
wealth is only a burden. Finally, 
there's the inevitable reconciliation. 

Scenes in Monte . Carlo, Switzer- 
land, Italy, etc., are photographed in 
the lavish Korda manner, with Rex 
Harrison, Ursula Jeans and Robert 
Douglas as- the chief support. Others 
who contribute neatly are Louis Bo- 
rell, Zena Dare, Peter Haddon. 

Jolo. 



Conllniiout Train 10 a.m ] 

f— — — w >'°l>- ."rlcci. ;3c ta I p.m 
•'■•f'^*""" Lata Show II :0S p.m. NItcltl 
Robert Donat in MrC-M'sl 
GOODBYE MR. CHIPSi 
with Greer Giirxoii • (itli .MONTH , 

Wendy's 'Glamour Boy' 

Hollywood, Nov. 7. 
Wendy Barrie replaces Lucille Ball 
in the femme spot opposite Joe Pen- 
ner in RKO's 'Glamour Boy No. 2.' 
Miss Ball will be held for another 
picture. 

'Glamour' rolls Nov. 20, Les Good- 
wins directing. 



(In Color) 
(BRITISH-MADE) 

London, Oct 

Unltofl Aitlsts relense of London Kllms- 
AlcxaiHler Korila proOuclittn. .^liiifl Merle 
Oberon; .feftture.-t. Hex Hurrlson. t;rsu1a 
JcnnH, Rol>ert UoiiRlHa. DircclcU by Thoiii- 
ton Fiecland. Scenario, Anlhoiiy PollK.iler, 
Al« Coppel, from a atory by Hobert Bhcr- 
WCMMI, Lajoa DIro; dialog. Arlhur Wlm- 
perls; mualc compoaed by Michael Spollan- 
aUy;-1yrIc4, Desmond Carter: cnmcr.i. Marry 
Stratlllne. At <;ambrld|;e, London.. Run- 
nlnc time, "SB MINS. 

Jnne Benaon ..Merle Oboron 

Dr. Frtddle Jarvls.... Itcx Iluribon 

Millie'.-. ITr.siiln Jcnna 

llnUnown 3lun ' Uultert Dntiflhis 

I>lctro. Louis Dorcll 

.Tulla '/.en.a Dnro. 

r-«rd P»tcllfU... I'eliir Il-ndilon 

Journnllat I'>nvld Tree 

*^uy..... M:i<:kcnx,le Wnnl 

<'abni<»l Slnecr .ICIi'/aheth Welch 

Michel C.irl Jaffc 

Latlbrcoke Herbert T.omaa 

Pru.le. ..Wllfmt Shine 

CaIt^vrlljht .Gerald No<1ln 



An admirable cast, ^ood photogra- 
phy, clever charpcte^ types and an 
all-round elaborate production are 
found in 'Over the Moon.' Story is 
conventional but exceptionally well 
worked out via witty dialog, though 
the popular-priced patron may find 
it a little above his head. Smartly 
directed, it could stand cutting in 
some spots, however. The Korda 
and Oberon names should put it 
over both here and in the States. 

Merle Oberon plays the niece of an 
eccentric old man who dies leaving 
no indication of wealth. She lives 



GONE to THE DOGS 

(AUSTRALIAN-MADE) 

Sydney, Oct. 14. 

Brlllsh Empire Fllmii relenae nt Clnf- 
uunU production. .Stairs Georsn Wallace: 
rrnturea Ix)Ib Oreen. .lohn Dohhir. ..Tnhn 
Fleetlnj;. Alec Keltawny, Directed by Ken 
<i. Hall. Screenplay, Ocorce Wallace, 
l-'rank H.nrvoy and Fi'ank t'offpv; ciiinern, 
fioorite Itcalh. At Cupltol, Sydney. Ilnn- 
nlng time. 82 MINfl. 



Unsophisticated fare for spots 
where hokum spells boxoffice. 

Ken G. Hall has paced this one 
speedily. There's little story: just a 
series of gags put on celluloid to- hit 
the fancy of payees familiar with 
vaude-revue of the old and new 
schools. George Wallace, who had 
been in vaude-revue for years under 
the Fuller regime, knows just how to 
nlay his cags for the maximum of 
laughs. Comic would be a good bet 
for the U. S. because of his versa- 
tility. 

Cast Is adequate, being mainly re- 
cruits from legit and vaudc. Camera 
is okay. Pic, because of its domestic 
nature, is not suited for the U. S.. 
althou[?h British .nrovinces may find 
it .satisfactory. For local con>:ii.rnp- 
tion it looks surefire. Rick. 



2nd Down at Metro 

Hollywood, Nov. 7. 

Illness caused Melvyn Douglas to 
withdraw from the cast of 'Not Too 
Narrow, Not Too Deep' at Metro. 
Ian Hunter was substituted, 

Start of another Metro picture, 
'Maisie,' was postponed when John 
Carroll reported ill. 



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ROLL CALL 

November 11-30, 1939 

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Wedaesday. November 8» 1939 



RADIO 



VARIETY 



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RADIO LOHERY DILEMMA 



Cham bicome from Time Sales 



NBC 

1939 I»38 1937 1936 

January $4.033 900 $3,793.51fi $3,541,999 $2,681,815 

February ........... 3,748.095 3,498,053 3,295,782 2,714,300 

March 4,170,852 3,806,831 3,614,203 3,037,883 

April 3,500,984 .3,310*505 3,277,837 2,741,928 

May 3.702,102 3.414^00 3,214.819 2,561,720 

June 3,382.404 3.200.5G9 3,003,287 2,323.456 

July 3.283,555 2.958.710 2,70T,450 2;429.983 

August 3.312.570 2.941,099 2,784,977 2,422.431 

September 3.315,307 2,979,241 2,850.581 2,886.637 

• October 4.219.253 3,773,964 3,339,739 3,696.489 

$36,729,622 $33,670,088. $31,630,754 $27,496,642 

CBS 

1939 I9<t» 1937 1936 

January $2,674,057 $2.879-.945 $2,378,620 $1,901,023 

' February 2.541,542 2,680.334 2^64.317 1.909t,146 

March 2.925,684 3,034,317 2,559,718 1,172.382 

April 2,854,020 2.424,188 2,563.478 1,950,93d 

May , 3,097.484 2.442,283 2,560,558 1,749,517 

June 2.8G0.180 2,121,495 2,476,567 1.502,763 

July 2,311,953 1.367.S.'i7 1,988,412 1,292,775 

August 2.337,376 1,423,865 1,955.280 1,232,588 

September 2,563,132 1,601,755 2,028,585 1,883,932 

October 3.366,054 2,387,395 2,505,485 2,429,917 

Total '.....$27,532,088 $22,362,926 $23,281,018 $10,979,982 

MUTUAL 

lf^39 1939* 1937 

January $315,078 $209,894 $213,748 

February 276.005 253,250 231,280 

March 300.976 232,877 247,421 

April 262.626 189.545 200.134 

May 234.704 194,201 154,633 

June 228.180 202,412 117.388 

July 210.583 167.108 101.457 

August r... 205.410 164,620 96,629 

September 210.589 200,342 132.860 

October 428,221 347,771 238,683 

Total $2,685,038 $2,222,026 $1,734,245 



NBC Blue Spurts, 341% Over Same 
Month Year Ago; Radio ^ Good 



Outstanding fact of the showings 
made by the various networks in 
time billings during the month of 
October was the jump of 34.6% taken 
by NBC's blue link, which has as a 
rule on percentage tilts trailed the 
other links. As compared to the like 
month of 1938, NBC's red link ac- 
counted for a plus margin of 25.4%. 
Columbia's boost figured 41%. Mu- 
tual was up 23.4%. NBC's over-all 
bump was 11.8%. 

CBS grossed $3,366,654 for this Oc- 
tober. NBC's toUl came to $4,219,- 
253, with $3,321,128 credited to the 
red link and $898,125. to the blue 
network. Mutual chalked up the 
biggest monthly gross in its history, 
namely, $428,221, as the result in a 
large measure to Its handling of the 
World Series broadcasts in behalf of 
Gillette Razor. 

On the comparative first 10 months 
of the year CBS is up 23.1^o, NBC, 
9.1%, and Mutual, 20.8%. 



C. Lawton Campbell 
May EyeBtoaDy Broaden 
Beyond Radio Dept 

Report that C. Lawton Campbell, 
v.p. in charge of radio at Ruthrauff 
Se Ryan, \a being groomed for an- 
other assignment in the organization 
■was described Monday (6) by an 
ofTicial of the agency as quite pre- 
mature, Campbell, It was said, may 
be moved out of radio ifor a more 
expansive participation in the agen- 
cy's business, with the idea of mak- 
ing use of his advertising and mer- 
chandising background,, but there 
Isn't any likelihood of this taking 
place for a few months. * 

Campbell came to R & R from 
General Foods, where he was in 
charge of sales and odvcrlising on 
Jell-O- products. 

Armslrone With Columbia 

Holb'wood. Nov. 7. 

Sam Armstrong has withdrawn 
from Armstrong-Conlon agency to 
join Columbia management. 

He will handle clients for pic- 
tures. 



Vaughn de Leath Sued 
As a Talent Manager 

Bridgeport. Nov. 7. 
. Vaughn de Leath, 'original radio 
girl,' who has home In £aston, was 
sued last week in Superior Court 
here for $10,000 by Alfred Fioretti, 
New York singer-composer, who 
charged defendant with 'ineffective 
management.' 

Fioretti claims Miss de Leath 
agreed to manage him for 15%, that 
he plugged songs for her and that 
she promised him half the profits of 
'Come Back to Me,' on which tune 
plaintifT says he collaborated. 

HUSKIES TO EXPAND, 
^OUNG DR. MALONE' 



Having had a test on KFI, Los 
Angples, and KFBK, Sacramento, 
'Young Dr. Malone', Huskies' dram- 
atic serial, will receive further spot 
attention in that area in addition 
to becoming a blue network pro- 
gram. The five-time-a-weeker is 
set for the 11-11.15 a. m. period for 
which General Foods recently con- 
tracted. The hookup will be basic 
bUie for the time being. 

Benton & Bowles is the agency. 

WTMJ Curb Show to 

Milwaukee, Nov. 7. • 
WTMJ's 'Sidewalk Reporter,' has 
been bought for five-a-week airing 
by Procter & Gamble to promote 
White Naptha. Coinpideiit ^vith this 
booking by Compton Advertising, 
Inc., New York, the agency placed 
'This Day Is Ours,' five-a-week serial 
and a schedule of 156 spots on 
WTMJ for Crisco and Duz, respec- 
tively. 

Broadcast from the rotunda of the 
Plankinton Arcade in the heart of 
downtown Milwaukee, the sidewalk 
show is conducted by George Comte 
and Bill Evarfs. Program previous- 
ly sponsored by Quality Biscuit Co. 
and Schafl Sausage Co. 




Delicate Problem Growing 
Out of Tunis' Pot O' Gcrfd 
Program — Local Broad- 
casters Had Always Killed 
Similar Stunts — Hair- 
splitting Legalism as to 
Cash Giveaways vs. Lot- 
teries Rages 



ADMEN EAGER 



Washington, Nov. 7. 

Banko, bingo, lotto and whatnoto, 
all of them substitutes for entertain- 
ment, have done well in film the- 
atres and now . begin to loom large 
as the next^r'adib^trend.' Reports 
from New York advertising agencies 
suggest that the merchandizers are 
all-ears now that, for the first time, 
there is apparent willingness by Ui& 
Federal Communications Commis- 
sion to look the other way. Hereto- 
for it has been generally assumed 
by sponsors and stations alike that 
a lottery was a lottery no matter 
how much aft or camouflage went 
into the program. 

Disinclination of the FCC to rule 
on the Turns 'Pot o' Gold' program 
on NBC is developing all sorts of 
tangents with the oddest of all the 
moral dilemma of many churches 
who are theoretically opposed to lot- 
teries and gambling but running 
bingo games in their own basements 
these days. 

Turns question was laid before the 
FCC and side-stepped last week 
after one station, which dropped a 
similar raffle in order to avoid trou- 
ble with the regulators, wondered 
how •. NBC' gets away with it. The 
transmitter was propositioned by thfr 
web about carrying the gigantic 
hand-out stunt and feels it was the 
victim of discriminatory treatmeat 
at the hands of the FCC lawyers. 

Numerous barristers are thumbing 
through the case histories, checking 
especially on rulings of the Post Of- 
fice Department on contests and 
other chance games which have been 
barred from the mails as fraudulent, 
in an attempt to answer bewildered 
clients. Meanwhile, rival agencies 
and advertisers, as well as envious 
webs and stations, are hoping .some- 
thing will happen to alibi them. 

The direct query to the FCC pro- 
duced no satisfaction. Formal an- 
swer was that the correspondence 
had been tucked away in the appro- 
priate file, which may indicate that 
the Commish is building up a record 
that will serve as reason for calling 
a hearing to determine the legality 
of the scheme. Insinuations that the 
FCC is playing favorites after- 
frowning on other similar programs 
and threatening other stations in the 
past are answered by assertion that 
in recent years no punishment has 
been heted out for lotteries except 
in the most flagrant cases. While 
inquiries may have been sent 
licensees who were carrying com- 
parable programs, there have been 
no ultiriiatums, it wais said at the 
Commish. Broadcasters who feel 
they were intimidated into .scratch- 
ing features of this nature are de- 
scribed as overly-suspicious or per- 
haps cursed with guilty consciences. 

Line of demarcation which identi- 
fies any giveaway as a lottery is ex- 
ceedingly obscure. • In some in- 
stances, the courts have gone a long 
way, stretching the statutes to the 
breaking point, to find the element 
of 'consideration' which is one of the 
basic elements of a lottery. But there 
have been situations where almost 
identical schemes have gone un- 
touched. For instance, the po.stal 
inspectors have ruled that dime let- 
ters — fad so prominent in 1935 when 
persons put 10c pieces in the mail in 
the hope of getting back over $1,500 
— are a lottery and not admissible to 
the mails. 

There has been sorhe di-scussion — 
mostly academic— around the FCC 
about the Turns program, although 



Race 1^ May Be Air Cd%f 

Washington, Nov. 7. 
Broadcasters may become embroiled in a lot of legal trouble with 
the Federal Government as resuH of the. campaign to end Moses 
Annenberg's monopoly on the race track business and punish him for 
helping run an alleged lottery by maintaining a wire service flashing 
results from competition l>etween hay-burners. Too early so far, 
though, to say whether Uncle Sam's crusade will take the shape of a. 
general campaign to protect the public morals by eradicating- bookies 
throughout the nation. 

The unprecedented action against the Illinois Bell Telephone Co., . 
ordered last week to cease flashing odds and results to betting parlors, 
has occasioned some concern as to whether the FCC may be enlisted 
in the drive against gambling. No moves yet, with the commish leav- , 
ing everything up to the Justice Department and not anxious to take ■ 
on such a headache. 

Despite feeling that the job of stamping out horse-race betting is as 
hopeless as enforcement of the Volstead Act. there is a possibility that 
stations will feel the paddle. Because if the D. J. succeeds in breaking 
up Annenberg's General News Service by applying heat to the Amer- 
ican Telephone & Telegraph Co., those transmitters who serve the 
wagerers and bookies then would be the. logical next target in a moral 
clean-iip. As it is, in some spots radio already is the only way the 
pony followers have of finding out speedily, without going to the track, 
how their favorite nag faied. .Only alternative is to buy the news- 
papers, which the more impatient bettors don't like to do. 

The attitude of Attorney General Murphy is causing some shivers. 
Zeal of the new prosecutor suggests the drive may not stop when the 
Philadelphia publisher is crimped. 

Radio stations could be put in^an exceedingly uncomfortal)le position, 
though it generally is expected they will play ball whenever pressure 
is applied to get them to cease airing reports from the finish line and 
tote boards. Before that, however, it is believed likely the A. T. & T. 
will cut off service to the transmitters which feature race results. But 
if the stations attempt to continue giving the reports, they could be 
charged with participating in an' offense, since they are as much dis- 
seminators of race news as the wire services, 

'The N. A. B. is almost wholly unable to do' anything, even though 
the new code bans lotteries. Armstrong Scratch Sheets, lately spon- 
soring the race programs, has contracts which were in effect before 
the code began operating, so the N. A. B. cannot direct its members 
to drop the broadcasts. 

The FCC has paid little attention in recent months to stations which' 
tell about the gee-gees. Four or five years ago, criticism was voiced 
of several operators who played up to the bettors, but lately' there 
have been almost no threats to deny license renewals because of race 
programs. It may become fashionable again, however, to cite operators 
who are helping the bookies. That's what some lawyers are worried 
about. 



TEirrlTS WHO DROPS % 

Sponsored By Wines 



After five straight years as a sus- 
*ainer on WMCA, N. Y., the 'Har- 
lem Amateur Hour,' aired from the 
stage of the Apollo theatre; picks 
up a sponsor with tonight's 
(Wednesday) broadcast. Backer Is 
the Fruit Wines Corp. Deal set di- 
rect. 

Different bands on tap each week 
at the theatre figure as a matter of 
course in the broadcasts, backing 
the various amateurs. With the 
picking up of a sponsor, the status of 
the bands changes as they're taking 
part in a commercial broadcast. 
How they are to be paid is now 
being worked out with the union.. . 

Program is known as one of the 
noisiest on the air, from ah audi- 
ence viewpoint, as the latter makes 
no bones about booing and catcall- 
ing entrants they dislike. Theatre 
itself soon tees off a policy of using 
both white and colored crews. -Char- 
lie Barnet's ofay outfit goes in week 
of Dec. 1. 



LANDT TRIO EXPORTED 
TO SCHENECTADY 



AS HEADACHE 



Des Moines, Nov. 7. 

'WHO, Des Moines, has discon- 
tinued its Artists' Bureau which has 
been in existence over six years and 
booked many personal appearances 
for hillbillies. Irving Grossman, in 
charge of the Bureau, has gone Into 
business for himself as an independ- 
ent booker. 

The income from the percentary 
was not commensurate to the head- 
ache. ' 



KMBCS ARTISTS DEPT. 
HTTS ACTIVE PACE 



Schenectady, Nov. 7. 

Breslaw Bros., operators of a 
chain of furniture stores in upper 
New York, have brought in from 
N. Y. the Landt Trio, a network act, 
for daily programs on WGY, Schen- 
ectady. The account has been using 
recorded music, supplemented by 
live comedy, commentators, etc. 

Trio, starting yesterday (Monday), 
have a morning schedule (8:30-9), 
and, when time becomes available, 
will do also an evening show. Similar 
evening arrangement will likely be 
made with an Albany station. Lcigh- 
lon & Nelson is the agency. 



no Commish lawyers are ready yet 
to duel NBC barristers who held the 
giveaway is entirely legal. Matter 
has not been brought formally to 
members of the regulatory body, 
many of whom have not heard the 
program yet. 



Kansas City, Nov. 7. 

KMBC, Kansas City, calculated 
last week that when its Brush Creek 
Follies unit played Falls City, Neb., 
the 1,000,000th cash customer at 25 
and 40 cents went through the 
wicket. Meanwhile station's artist 
bureau under Jimmy McConncU has 
booked 377 personal appearances for 
this and other station units during 
1939, and since bureau was first 
established in 1938 has closed 625 
contracts for outslde-the-station tal- 
ent deals. 

Most of the KMBC acts work on a 
fixed . salary weekly plus a sliding 
scale for extra performances. One 
KMB" unit, the Texas Rangers, has 
been in a series of cowboy feature 
films in Hollywood. 



'3 Men On Horse' for Radio 



Radio rights to 'Three Men on k 
Horse.' owned by Alex Yokel, are be- 
ing oiTered for radio serialization. 

Plan is for the agency purchas- 
ing the rights to the Icgiter to set 
its own script writers working out 
episodes which aren't necessarily 
out of the play itself, but carry 
through the theme of three smart 
money boys using the intuition of 
a meek fourth to pick winning 
■ponies. Thai's the formula with the 
'Henry Aldrich' series, continuation 
of the play. .'What a Life.*' 



20 



VARIETY 



RADIO 



Wednesday, November 8, 1939 



DENVER: FEW GET FIRED 



By EDGAR A. GRUNWALD 



Denver, Nov. 7. 

KOA's slafi hr.s nine members who have seen 10 years of 
KOA service, and seven members who have seen 15 years 
roll by. Bill Meyer has been with KLZ for 13 years— in 
fact, ever since the Reynolds interests (who owned KLZ 
then) decided to quit selling radio sets and concentrate en- 
tirely on broadcasting. William D. Pyle (.KVOD) has been 
in the radio business so long that the dates go into deep 
antiquity and practically become meaningless. Gene O'Fal- 
lon's KFEL harks back 16 years, and even non-commercial, 
church-owned KPOF has been around for 11 years. 

As becomes this isort of job adhesiveness, politeness and 
friendliness among competing managers are the rule, not 
the e.\ception. Each manager says his competitor is a great 
fellow, has a fine station, and deserves a lot of business. 
When good fellows get together, it will be in Denver. 

And yet Denver, a city of about 300,000, does not do a 
radio business commensurate with its prestige or importance. 
In fact, the whole Mountain Region, according to the last 
available FCC figures (1937), did less national spot and net- 
work business than the city of Los Angeles. That means 
that Denver is relatively in. the same fix as another city 
which Denver very closely resembles — Washington, D. C. 

Like Washington, Denver has many government employees 
In its. population. It is not only the state capital, but also 
the home of such federal bureaus as the Reclamation Bureau, 
the mint, etc. Like Washington, Denver ajso caters to a 
large, transient (tourist) clientele. And like Washington, 
Denver is the cultural center of a wide area. Historically, 
an English element (the famed 'remittance men") was evi- 
dent very early in the settlement of the city. Wealth was 
naturally attracted to the town, and with wealth came cdu- 
caional and cultural yearnings. The city has music schools, 
symphony orchestras, and civic and educational ' regulations 
which long antedated similar laws in other communities. 

From the radio angle, Denver is particularly favored for 
several reasons. First, the great local emphasis on music, 
drama, etc., makes it an ideal town for the creation of new 
talent Second — and this is where Denver has the edge on 
Washington — the city is the focal point for manufacturers' 
representatives working up and down the Continental Divide. 
Third, all the- city's stations are network-affiliated, a fact 
w^ich must certainly have beneficial reactions on tiie total 
level of the listening audience. 

That Denver has not popularized this story more among 
time-buyers is simply due to the fact that genteel Cabots and 
the opportunistic Barnums seldom fraternize. Showmanship 
here is of the quiet sort, and (syiribolic of this) the stations 
put great store by their physical equipment. But the cur- 
rent picture is soon due for a change. Two of the stations — 
KVOD and KFEL— have recently been separated (they pre- 
viously shared the same wavelength) and both will go out 
after national business in a healthy way, now that they have 
the elbow room.. .Meantime KOA has a new manager in 
Lloyd Yoder. Moved here when Al Nelson went from New 
York to KGO-KPO, San Francisco. Yoder's personality is 
expected to make itself felt KLZ needs little comment in 
this department for,- being affiliated with the Oklahoma Pub- 
lishing Co., it has Jim Meyerson in Oklahoma City issuing 
an endless stream of promotion. 

But when Denver will begin to assert itself in the na- 
tional spot .field, it will, like Washington, have many assets 
as the result of^its quieter days which will stand it in good 
stead. The longevity of station management is an omen of 
Eturdiness. So is the fine physical equipment sported all 
around. And so is the preoccupation with civic and govern- 
ment events (old standbys in programming). Denver sta- 
tions furthermore have had to fight not against each other 
but against one of the toughest and strongest daily papers 
In this end of the U. S., and that has made the industry here 
more of a scrapper than the radio comraderie itself would 
offhand indicate. 

KOA, 50,000-watt NBC Red outlet, is operated and pro- 
grammed by the National Broadcasting Co., but owned by 
General Electric which built "the station In 1924. Its trans- 
mitter, located east of the city, was intentionally designed 
as a showpiece and fulfills the requirements 100%. 

KOA'S AGGRESSIVE ARTISTS 
BUREAU— 25 ACTORS FOR HIRE 

Programming is designed to take advantage of Denver's 
native talent and thus leans heavily toward music. Once 
this emphasis was pretty highbrow, but currently a middle 
road is being paved between the classics and the lighter 
fare. KOA additionally is one of the very few U. S. stations 
which sports a bona fide talent (artists) bureau, license and 
all. In charge of Duncan McCall, the bureau has 25 enter- 
tainers under contract. Clarence Moore has been program 
manager for many years. Once a singer himself, he is now 
grooming Patty Worth,' kid swing singer; Elsa Kauerz, lyric 
soprano; Helen Marie Briscoe, pop singer; Lester Harding, 



baritone; and the 'Men of the West.' Joe Myers is sports 
commentator, and Bill Bender is the chief cowboy singer 
(cowboy stuff is indispensable even in Denver). Civic and 
community tie-ins are numerous. An 'Old Opry House' 
stanza on Tuesday evenings from the (Drpheum theatre show- 
cases practically, all the talent at once, while the singers and 
the house-band (batoned by Milton Shrednik) get regular 
workouts — including network feeds — singly or in groups at 
other intervals. 

Bob Owen, who helped GE build the original KOA and 
stayed ever since, is Lloyd Voder's right-hand man and tech- 
nical director. Al Crapscy, James MacPhersoh and Barry 
Long divide the sales duties, MacPhcrson additionally han- 
dles promotion and keeps track of the numerous window dis- 
plays planted by the station for its sponsors. 

KLZ LONG ON MERCHANDIZING; 
MUSCLE-BUILDER'S BIG FAN MAIL 

KLZ, owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Cp. (also WKY 
and KVOR) since 1935, is the CBS exponent here. A deft 
moneymaker, the station has a younger crowd than most of 
the other stations, and exhibits seltzer bottle pep. Mer- 
chandising—a nine point setup with film trailers, courtesy 
plugs, newspaper ads, direct mail, personal contacts, and dis- 
plays—is strongly pushed. Programming is in line with 
other stations. 

Under F. W. (Bill) Meyer, KLZ manager, is Fred Allen 
(of the Wisconsin Aliens), commercial manager, a post he's 
held nine years. Arthur Wuth is program director and dou- 
bles in front-office duties. Publicity is handled partly by 
Chuck Inglis (who also spiels the sports) and Wauhilla La 
Hay, a young lady whose versatility likewise extends to writ- 
ing and production. Howard Chamberlam is production 
manager, and Les Weelans is musical director. 

The day's schedule currently opens with a farm program, 
Capt Ozie (hillbilly J and livestock and weather reports. 
Setting-up exercises, conducted by Walter Hackcnson 
(YMCA) are next in line, and during the past five years 
have pulled 23,000 requests for permanent charts which aid 
in the physical streamlining. Jack Fitzpatrick spiels the 
news. Wes Battersea (of the Keane Advertising Agency) 
has a questlon-and-answer stint, as well as a man-on-the- 
street turn. Betty Lou Bemis (daughter of Ed Bemis, execu- 
tive secretary of the Colorado Press Assn. gives a "women 
in the news' series, Elliott Todhunter Dewey reviews books, 
and the house-band knocks out some 'Silver Strings' melo- 
dies. 

Two additional stanzas are being plugged hard by the sta- 
tion. One of these is the 'Lady, Lend an Ear' variety stanza 
across the board every morning (participating). Talent is 
comprised of Roily Chestney's house orchestra, Robert Brad- 
ley (male vocalist), Inez Pehce (pop singer), and Margaret 
Moore (Wauhilla La Hay). The other is a 'Boner's Court' 
on Thursday evenings in which the entire station staff de- 
fends itself against criticisms written in by listeners through- 
out the week. 

.KLZ. has thislyear additionally carried a 'nil InadW sports. 
Wheaties during the summer aired National League ball 
games over the station, and currently Rocky Mountain Con- 
ference football Is being unraveled. Civic affairs get their 
due share. Music from high schools is now on the schedule 
for Saturday morning airings. 

KFEL and KVOD, now divorced and each full time have 
not fully evolved future program policies. But both stations 
have that all-essential asset— local busines